Before Burger Madness, there was mural madness at Arthur’s, the Hyde Park restaurant/bar. From 1981 to 1992, Jerry Dowling painted
caricatures of 142 regulars on a 44-foot wall. The characters are still
there — on the mural, anyway — but the character has changed.
I’m obsessed with the title of Thunder-Sky Inc.’s latest show, Reverse Psychology.
The name, a play on two artists’ opposite aesthetics and themes,
doesn’t work for me — or does it? Should I be celebrating differences,
or searching for similarities? I don’t know what to think, and I think
that’s the intent.
You don’t know where some trails will
lead. Roads diverge, loop, merge and meander. “I took the one less
traveled by,” Robert Frost wrote, “and that has made all the
difference.” Phyllis Weston Gallery presents Paper Trail
as an opportunity “to explore the brilliant variety of paper as a
medium.” But the medium really isn’t the message here.
Small Potatoes, a strangely
sentimental exhibit at Thunder-Sky Inc., is like a heapin’ helping of
Grandma’s comfort food. It’s unapologetically lumpy, undeniably homemade
and served without fancy presentation but with a whole lot of love.
As the nation observes Black History Month, Beyond Emancipation
acknowledges that sometimes it’s tough to keep hope alive. But, even
more, the show celebrates the fact that hope has always been there and
always will be.
Infrastructure represents opportunity.
That was the thinking of “construction clown” Raymond Thunder-Sky, the
quiet, self-taught artist and downtown icon who saw possibility for
improvement whenever a wrecking ball swung. In his world, police
stations gave way to amusement parks.
Miami University’s New Year’s resolution
came in August, when it declared the 2011-2012 term the “Year of the
Arts.” Part II of Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art,
opens Tuesday at the Miami University Art Museum.