Thursday, March 8, 2007

Happy coincidences and bizarre juxtopositions

I had another one of my psychic/ telepathic experiences in the gallery this evening. I was online researching John Gutoskey, an Ann Arbor artist, for this blog when he called. It wouldn't be such a strange coincidence if I'd spoken with him in the past six months! Freaky.

Anyway, we are both excited about his August 2007 show. John's settled on a circus theme and I can't wait to see what he's come up with. He's recently closed his massage therapy business to focus 100% on his art and has completed rennovations on his home studio.

Mixed media assemblage has become my favorite medium in the past few years and Gallery Fifty is one of a few northern Michigan galleries that goes there. John's work is way outside of the box (no pun intended) — a far cry from torn paper scraps and harware collage that we're used to seeing.

John's assemblages proclaim miniature universes. Flea market finds and cathedral reliquary collide. Shrines and game boards vie for attention. Enigmatic messages lurk beneath happy coincidences and bizarre juxtapositions.

Look for his work in the gallery or check out our virtual exhibition in August: