Review: Dorsch Gallery Presents Winning Trifecta of Exhibits
In fact Audrey Hasen Russell's "Gold Slaw," Cheryl Pope's "Matter of Fact," or Raymond Saa's " A Mile of String," each on their own merits would have individually done justice to and brought art lovers flocking to the space.
Together they combine to ;amp up the gallery's cachet early in the season and represent a marquee ticket for Brook Dorsch, the Wynwood pioneer who's lack of inclusion in Art Basel Miami Beach in recent years strikes one as a crying shame. But if the respected local dealer continues cranking out shows like this we can't help but think that's soon bound to change.\
|Audrey Hasen Russell's Yellow Field (Miami)|
This is Russell's first solo at Dorsch and she brings a keen eye for employing disparate materials and found objects in her engaging installations that exude a palpable DIY vibe. In a review filed earlier this week on the show up at Gallery Diet, an assemblage by Debo Eilers appears to till the same furrow as some of Russell's work here. But in her finely honed execution, Russell puts on a clinic that by comparison, leaves the aforementioned Eilers choking on her dust.
Around the bend don't miss Russell's Untitled (Bubble Wall) created from blown glass, digital prints and spray-paint. These fetching gems are reminiscent of snow globes and each contains an image appearing not unlike craters from the dark side of the moon.
|Raymond Saa " A Mile of String" installation view|
|Courtesy Dorsch Gallery|
The gorgeous untitled works are freighted with tangles of what appear to be windswept tumbleweeds, gathering storm clouds or dense snarls of barbed wire arranged with nuanced precision in his voluminous attention-commanding compositions that evoke references ranging from string theory to graffiti on urban landscapes.
|Cheryl Pope "Matter of Fact" installation view|
|Cheryl Pope's Tops|
She also encrusted a wall with found "Happy Anniversary" dishes that provoked thoughts of domestic violence and evince an eerie scar-like effect. The psychological tension in the surrounding area was ratcheted up by a kinetic piece called Tick, in which Pope has created a sort of pendulum device with a stainless steel rod and a stack of dishes with a motor attached.
As Pope's pendulum swings slowly along a wall, the dishes' edges cut into the surface creating a sort of drawing as it moves back and forth. While doing so the device emits a discomfiting screeching noise that brings to mind a school teacher scraping her fingernails along a chalkboard to get her student's to behave.
If pressed to find fault with the gallery's stunning troika, I'd have to say that hopefully Brook Dorsch hasn't blown his wad prematurely to hijack attention. One can look forward to a steady dose of these stellar money shots from the dealer as the season unfolds.
Do yourself a favor, run, and don't walk, to bank on this winning trifecta at the Dorsch.
"Gold Slaw," "A Mile of String," "Matter of Fact" through October 9. Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th St., Miami). Call 305-576-1278 or visit dorschgallery.com.
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