HAIRY EYEBALL Amanda Curreri wants you. Like the open-ended phrasing of its title, "Occupy the Empty," Curreri's second solo show at Ping Pong Gallery is both a basic statement of what an artist does within an exhibition space and a call to action soliciting the viewer to step in, step up, and take a stand. Or perhaps the phrase should be "take the stand," since, as the artist explained to me during a recent gallery visit, the arrangement of the installation's components roughly mirrors the layout of a courtroom.
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HAIRY EYEBALL What does it mean to call John Waters' art "bad"? The question is hard to shake while surveying "Rush," the filmmaker and part-time San Francisco resident's fourth show at Rena Bransten Gallery. It's tricky with Waters, whose creative practice has always exulted in its bad taste. He would probably respond to my query with a knowing smile.Read more »
FRAMELINE I've had a bit of a crush on the young Argentine actress Inés Efron since Frameline31, when she played one corner of the teen love triangle in Alexis Dos Santos' Glue (2006). There was something in the way Efron used her gangly build and heavy-lidded eyes to telegraph her character's mix of trembling desire and adolescent ungainliness that brought to mind Kids-era Chloë Sevigny.Read more »