Summer SmorgARTSbord!

By Stacy Davies

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Posted July 14, 2011 in Arts & Culture

During the hotter months—particularly during June and July—many art venues and publications take some time off from their bustling bee bonnets to sit back and sip the Citrus Mistress (vodka, lemonade and a dash of grenadine).

This means a host of exhibits stay up longer than usual, which also allows the rest of us who’re inundated with beachy plans and blow-out parties the extra time to sample the arty goodness.

A few new shows go up, of course, and so I’ve decided to throw together everything I saw at last weekend’s Pomona Art Walk, which happens the second Saturday of every month.

Bunny Gunner Gallery points the flying fickle finger of fate!

Playing off the old Rowen & Martin variety romp, Laugh-In, Susie and Juan Thorp’s 4th Anniversary show, “Laugh Out Loud,” is a petite slice of comedy on a hot summer night. Notable on-theme pieces include Sioux Bally-Maloof’s funky kangaroo lounging on a sofa, Michael Severin’s copper-hammered bra sculptures (with spigot and water pressure mechanicals in just the right places), Amy Bystedt and Sally Egan’s photo tributes to male comedy duos Laurel & Hardy and Cheech & Chong, A.S. Ashley’s nod to Buster Keaton, Karen Karlsson’s big kiss to some of our favorite stand-ups, Amy Maloof’s Charlie Chaplin beaver uttering near-profanity, Raul Pizarro’s exceptionally skilled sleepy-reader bunny, and Leigh Salgado and Mat Gleason’s glass-encased burned paper bustier with the quip: “I said in case of emergency break the glass . . . I did not say ‘and then go burn down the bitch’s house.’” Funny to everyone but the bitch, of course.

“Laugh Out Loud” at Bunny Gunner, 266 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 868-2808; www.bunnygunner.com.

SCA Project Gallery cuts its teeth on creepy . . .

Perhaps better titled, “God is in the Dentals” instead of “Details,” this show by duo Amy Caterina and Shannon Faseler features moody abstract oils and charcoals from Faseler and a host of frightening dental instruments encased in soft, crocheted covers from Caterina—which can’t help but recall the psychological gynecological horrors of the Jeremy Irons film Dead Ringers. Is there really much difference among metal clampy, pointy things that go places you’d rather not think about? No, there is not.

“God is in the Details” at SCA Project Gallery, 281 S. Thomas St., Unit 104, Pomona, (909) 620-5481; www.scaprojectgallery.org.

Hole in the Wall Gallery hits a bull’s eye.

With urinating in the alleys being one of Pomona’s biggest problems (apparently, nonlocals don’t realize there are actual bathrooms inside the myriad bars and restaurants in town ), Sharon Suhovy’s installation of a mounted roll of unraveling toilet paper is just the reminder visiting losers might need to not dump (literally) all over the colony. Suhovy probably didn’t realize how “on” she was with this one, and even if you aren’t the unfortunate victim of lazy youngsters, this piece is surprisingly clever.

Located in the alley off Thomas Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

The EVE Gallery does Frida Up.

While I’ve probably seen enough of Frida Kahlo’s face to last me about twenty-three thousand lifetimes, I did find two “ah-ha” moments in this show featuring a worthy sea of uni-brow devotees: Sebastian Karim Hann’s fabulous double-painted door with one side of Kahlo and the other of Diego Rivera created by the negative space between a mélange of silver marker words culled from personal diaries of both artists, and Victor Ortega’s super surreal pastel colored scene of wispy, wobbly characters, none of whom looked anything like Frida at all—thanks, dude! “Under the Influence of Frida” at The EVE Gallery, 280 W. Second St., Pomona.

DPOA proves the glass is definitely half full

Featuring the richly layered and textured artworks of Michael Glass, the DPOA’s Metro Gallery presents one of the most interesting shows of the summer in “Half Life.” In his array of stenciled circle patterns on wood, canvas and paper, made with pen, ink stampings, glass and dulled nails, Glass’s first solo show is impressive. The artist prefers we find our own meanings in his Zen-like visual chantings, images he says are an attempt to “capture movement, like a snapshot in time, as the circle moves along a plane in harmony with negative space.” As a history major at Cal Poly Pomona, there is something apropos about Glass’s course of study and his arty vision, and the result is a splendid event for the eyes.

“Half Life” at Metro Gallery, 119 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 469-1121; www.metropomona.com/dpoa

Continuing exhibits include:

“A Sense of Place a Sense of Space” at the dA Center for the Arts, 252 S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 397-9716;www.dacenter.org.

Alex Couwenberg upstairs at The Dark Room Gallery, 310 S. Thomas St.,
Pomona.

“Rell Sol…a boy and his camera” at 50 Bucks Gallery, 213 E. Holt St., Pomona.


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