Sunday, June 19, 2016

Michael Beutler at Spike Island

Photo by Stuart Whipps

Making monumental art with unimpressive tools whose roots in the child-like art-n-crafts freedom of imagination are run amok fueled by grandeur: a work ethic showy while retaining its unpretentious strategies of the vernacular. Like Tuazon its interest is in the wonder of construction itself, but whereas Tuazon's protestant ethic posits a lot of somber logs Beutler seems interested in the impressive monumentality of structure itself, seeing your imagination huge and erect.

See too: Oscar Tuazon at Le Consortium & Paradise GarageChris Burden Metropolis II at LACMA