I’m not sure which seems more out of place at the University Art Gallery at Cal Poly, the public art project displayed indoors or the ginormous photo of a masculine woman wearing crotchless jeans.
Bringing the public art project created by Eve Fowler indoors isn’t really that outrageous. Although if you just take a peek at the bright posters featuring text by Gertrude Stein without reading the back story at the gallery entrance, you’re missing out.
Should reading the back story be necessary to enjoy an exhibit? I suppose that’s a topic for another time.
Fowler, a Los Angeles-based artist, noted the ubiquitous and colorful outdoor advertising posters around her city all bearing the Colby Poster Printing Co. name. She chose text from Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons,” ordered up a series of posters and posted them on telephone poles.
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Text, such as “In the morning there is meaning” gives just about everyone something to talk about. “RUB HER COKE,” another of Stein’s lines, could be a less popular conversation starter.
According to the back story at the gallery entrance — an email conversation transcript with Fowler — some Cal Poly folks asked the artist to include some of her photography with the poster exhibit. Google her photos and you realize quickly her semi-clad subjects fall into the androgynous realm, possibly transgender. It’s no big whoop, but the three photos in the Cal Poly exhibit don’t really go with the posters.
Following closely behind the exhibit that closes Nov. 1 is a Cal Poly alumni exhibition running Nov. 7 through Dec. 6 featuring the work of Grant Shaffer, Tommy Garcia, Laura Krifka, Erik Marinovich, Heather Finnecy and Garet Zook. Looks like an excellent assortment of graphic art, sculpture, painting and photography.
Get the details and dates for the winter and spring quarter shows at http://artgallery.calpoly.edu.
The Cuesta College Art Gallery finishes its exhibits of founding fine art faculty members with works of Bob Pelfrey through Oct. 29. Pelfrey joined the fine arts faculty in 1972 and served as division chair and faculty senate president during his 31 years with the college. Two previous exhibits celebrating Cuesta’s 50th anniversary featured Chet Amyx and Barry Frantz.
Los Angeles-based artist Tom Wudl will show at the Cuesta Gallery from Nov. 15 through Dec. 13. Keep up to date at http://www.cuesta.edu/student/forstudents/artgallery .
IF YOU GO
What: Eve Fowler, “Anyone Telling Anything Is Telling That Thing”
Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Show runs through Nov. 1.
Where: University Art Gallery, Cal Poly