Tuesday, August 18, 2009

WILLIAM LAMSON: one of "three NYC artists you probably don't know, but should"

New York's Village Voice recently asked three critics to each select one local artist they thought deserving of much greater attention. We are pleased to see, among their expert choices: gallery artist William Lamson, and we couldn't agree more! (their other choices include the fascinating Heide Hatry, and Carrie Moyer.)

Actions -excerpt 1/33, 2007-08
video, edition of 10, 24 min 20 s

"I don't want to work with real guns," says William Lamson during a phone interview from his residency at the MacDowell Colony. "I want to turn the machismo thing on its head—to shoot a balloon, there's something so nothing about that."

Indeed, the 31-year-old multidisciplinary artist—based in Brooklyn—visits a holocaust upon flocks of balloons in his Actions videos (2007–08). In 1/33 (above), he jumps on a teeterboard, sending nine of these innocent playthings bounding upward, then deftly shoots them with pellet guns, their shadows dissipating across a white wall. Other victims are skewered with darts, lacerated by Exacto blades, and deflated under crushing boards. Revenge of a sort occurs in 9/33 (below), when Lamson rolls into the scene like 24's Jack Bauer and, grunting and squirming, keeps a single balloon aloft with shots from low-velocity pistols. Ammo depleted, the artist finally lies as flat as Manet's dead toreador, while the balloon descends to lightly brush his forehead.

In the shadow of some illustrious forebears—think of David Hammons's flambĂ©ed fur coat, Robert Watts's swaying tree-branch drawings, and Fischli and Weiss's cinema of mad science—Lamson's thoughtful mayhem is dead-on. -R.C. BAKER, excerpt from Village Voice article.

Actions -excerpt 9/33, 2007-08
video, edition of 10, 24 min 20 s

Read the full article at thevillagevoice.com or download a PDF excerpt of the article.

To view the entire Actions video, for further information, available works, and for acquisitions, please contact Marty Walker Gallery.

Monday, August 17, 2009



Jeff Zilm is featured in the most recent edition of THE 'MAGAZINE OF AND FOR THE ARTS'. The issue includes a thorough interview with Zilm, offering a morsel of insight into his process, readers learn why the films he utilizes are primarily comedies, and among other things, Zilm is flattered by an overzealous film fanatic that threatens to destroy his paintings.

"Mr Zilm's work is conceptually layered. Paintings that prima facie seem simply to be a replay of yester-century's ruminative abstraction are actually so many flat mausolea of film... The somber grisalle of abstraction of the five large paintings that are the center of Jeff Zilm: 7023629730 belie the combination of magic and humor that is the true crux of the show." -writes Charrissa Terranova (Director of University of Dallas Artist Residency Program 'Central Trak' & Professor of Aesthetic Studies) in her review of Zilm's recent exhibition at Marty Walker Gallery '7023629730' -also in this issue of THE.


Saturday, August 15, 2009


Ellen Blalock for the Post-Standard interviews Barry Anderson on his ambitious exhibition "Intermissions" for Light Work, Syracuse.

Also, check out these articles about the exhibition:

Friday, August 14, 2009


Throughout fall/winter 2009, in Syracuse, New York, Light Work presents a large-scale video art exhibition by Kansas City artist Barry Anderson, titled Intermissions, featuring video work along with some photography and video stills, taking place in multiple venues throughout Syracuse and the Syracuse University campus.

This project is an ambitious collaboration at an unprecedented level, with exhibitions taking place at various galleries including Light Work, the Robert B. Menschel Photography Gallery, the Everson Musuem of Art, as well as Syracuse University Art Galleries, various student centers, the Syracuse University Orange Television Network, in addition to the multi-media public art initiative Urban Video Project's outdoor projection systems, LED screens, and over a dozen billboards, with still images, to compliement their video counterparts. See a map of the current exhibition venues above, or view a larger map.


Visit www.lightwork.org for additional information on exhibitions and events surrounding Barry Anderson's Intermissions, and keep your eyes open for CONTACT SHEET #153,
Light Work's award winning publication, which further describes the venues and exhibitions.

Light Work is a nonprofit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University (CMAC).

Thursday, August 13, 2009



Marty Walker Gallery Allison Schulnik...& DAILY SERVING too!
'an international forum for the contemporary visual arts' had some very nice things to say about our exhibition of Allison Schulnik's mesmerizing claymation video Hobo Clown (2008), video stills pictured.

"The few minutes that it runs are some of the most heartbreaking, kaleidoscopic, breathtaking and gracefully tragic that you might ever spend on viewing art. Schulnik has created a messily pinched and sumptuously colored world of upside-down-smile wearing clowns, dragging along a vast lonesomeness of delicate floral arrangements and faded landscape, to the mesmerizing music of Grizzly Bear. You just want to climb inside the video and wrap the folds of clay around yourself, maybe fall asleep to the heartbreaking guitar strums. Around the point when the song's first lyrics hum "Why don't you do any dishes?"--which surprisingly isn't at all distracting, as is the case with much of the music played over video work--things turn psychedelic, but in an honest and fresh way."
-by Allison Gibson


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

BARRY ANDERSON for Drug Free Sport

Barry Anderson completed a new, site-specific video installation commission awarded by Art through Architecture (AtA) for the recent architectural renovation project for the National Center for Drug Free Sport (NCDFS). Installation photograph and video still pictured below:



An article in ARCHITECT magazine further discusses the project (CLICK TO READ PDF), and, for the press release and further information check out these links:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009




photo and article by Sophia Louisa Lee

Los Angeles 'artillery' magazine visits with Alexandra Grant to peak at the alchemy that takes place in the artist's studio and gets a glimpse at her new body of work for an exhibition in September 2010 which Grant calls 'a math poem of haikus'. In addition Grant discusses some of the details for Watts House Project, a collaborative redevelopment of the residential block across the street from Watts Towers in South Los Angeles where she is proposing a large-scale sculpture of the word 'LOVE' in her signature text, on top of a family's home. CLICK HERE to read the full article (PDF), and CLICK HERE for more on Alexandra Grant, here on the blog @ Marty Walker Gallery.

Monday, August 10, 2009



New Construction, 2007
lambda print, 19.5 x 19.5 inches

'Viewfinder: New Images by Texas Artists' at The Dallas Contemporary, on view through August 22, 2009, includes gallery artists Beau Comeaux's large-format night photographs depicting rural and suburban scenes devoid of a human presence with eerie stillness reminiscent of classic horror movies; and, Anna Krachey's installation of show horse ephemera ~ documents of highly priced animals (thought to have lost their worth by purchasing them from online sites such as eBay and Craigslist) and repurposing them for art.


Trophies Series: BW Horsehead, 2008
archival Inkjet print

Lucia Simek reviews the exhibition for Renegade Bus, side-by-side with a review for CADD ARTLAB's 'Launch' exhibition, which includes new paintings by recent Marty Walker Gallery addition: Sarah Williams. For a PDF of the article, CLICK HERE.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Gallery 'sale' & remodel in Dallas Morning News

Crash, 2005 - archival pigment print mounted to Plexiglas with satin laminate, in artist's frame, edition of 8, 20 x 24 inches

In preparation for remodeling its space before its next show opens Sept. 12 (featuring paintings by University of North Texas graduate Sarah Williams), Marty Walker Gallery is using most of the works from what the owner calls its “back room” to put forth a special exhibition. Pieces from its collection, some of which may never have been featured in a show, are being feted in a salon-style presentation and sold at a discount. The artists include Waddy Armstrong, Douglas Leon Cartmel, Beau Comeaux, Ted Kincaid, Archie Scott Gobber, Lisa Grossman, Angela Kallus and Jay Shinn, among others. The gallery is being scaled back, Walker says, with a natural byproduct being a reduced inventory. So, it’s a good opportunity to see or buy original works by some of Dallas’ best midcareer and emerging artists. Visit Dallas MorningNews' Guidelive.com.