The whoremongers, sorcerers, and idolaters of Revelation 21:8 might be damned, but eternal suffering for doing bad, bad things in run-down Southern towns doesn't seem so awful when the fire-and-brimstone soundtrack features "That's Entertainment."
Skateland emerges as the key work in Patterson's show and also offers an elegiac alternative to the meat eating and meat beating so rampant in Owens's series. In this nostalgic image, a giant roller skate adorned with wings soars above an abandoned rink, no doubt once the site of Xanadu-like bliss, into a perfect blue sky. All flesh is pure here, all sins are forgiven. Elvis has not left the building. *
"BILL OWENS: FLESH" AND "CHRISTIAN PATTERSON: SOUND AFFECTS"
Through Feb. 24, free
Tues.Sat., 10:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Robert Koch Gallery
49 Geary, fifth floor, SF