New West: An Introduction — Saturday Art Opening With New Work by Casey Pierce

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Platos Cave
  • "Plato's Cave"

Yesterday I posted Vesna Pavlovic's Studio Playlist, and told you about her exhibition at Seed Space that opens this weekend. In case you needed another reason not to miss it, watch the video teaser for the exhibition that will be opening just next door at Threesquared Gallery.

Casey Pierce is a fascinating artist — I wrote this feature about him in December 2011, and my summation of him still stands: "Pierce's paintings are enormous — in both scale and ambition. He often begins with photographs, sometimes tweaking them digitally before painting the images onto canvas. The result is an almost plastic hyper-realism, like James Rosenquist or David Salle, with unnaturally perfect colors and cinematic cropping." Pierce straddles the line between art that asks to be taken seriously, written about and studied, and art that might just look pretty above your sofa. Both openings are from 6-9 p.m. this Saturday.

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