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We can all elate to looking for love in the wrong places. With Sam Davis’ blend of vintage technology, mod aesthetics and romantic trials, we all root for the little red robot as he searches for companionship.
Davis: “The show is obviously a play on words in many ways. Love of ‘The Modern’ and mod aesthetics, the idea of love in the modern rage (perhaps assisted by machinery) and then again the notion that perhaps machines themselves would fall in love. … The little robot searches for ‘love’ and seemingly comes close to finding it in the form of inanimate objects that we could imagine a robot would perhaps have a ‘thing for.’ There’s always that moment in the studio when pieces come together and the finished product brings out a chuckle … like when the robot sees a large blue mailbox on the street corner [in the piece] ‘working girl,’ and my girlfriend and I start to narrate the scenario that might occur, it turns into dialog straight out of Hustle and Flow. Beyond that, keeping the idea the robot represents that difficult struggle in all of us …”
Trifecta Gallery, Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, No. 135, www.trifectagallery.com
Anna Tillet’s rabbits take on awkward teen personas, like floppy-eared counterparts to Napoleon Dynamite. Yearbook poses with nerdy glasses and bad sweaters allow for these furry, high-school alter-egos to bring back memories of clumsy, youthful attempts at love.
Tillet: “I like bunnies. I’m not really sure of the origin, but I’m stuck on them right now. In naming the show Polyamorous, I was alluding to the fact that bunnies have a seemingly uncomplicated love life, and I find a lot of humor in giving my animal characters human complications. Being a prey animal, bunnies evoke a certain vulnerability, and I think viewers identify with that … and furthermore identify with their unique struggles in feeling awkward at love.
“The ‘FML’ [painting] character has an adolescent awkwardness to her. … She definitely has a hard time talking to boys, and her Lisa Frank sticker obsession doesn’t help. I liked the juxtaposition of modern slang and a character with an ’80s sensibility.”
Trifecta Gallery, Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., No. 135, www.trifectagallery.com
Sensuous female curves provide risqué landscapes of various climes for adventurous figurines in Allan Teger’s images. We encounter a variety of scenery, from strategically placed palm trees and a camel traveling across a flat stomach, to ducks gathering by a provocative marsh with cattails, to a lone figure walking his dog through lush valleys.
Teger: “Some of the images … are lenticular images. These pieces, done in collaboration with my son Carl Teger, combine a number of separate images to create the illusion of motion. In one piece, a motorcycle appears to emerge from between the model’s breasts and travel across the model’s body as the viewer moves past the image. The result is two surprises — first, the landscape turns out to be a body, and then the motorcycle in the photograph moves as you look at it!”
Sin City Gallery, Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, No. 100, www.sincitygallery.com
Bill Damabrova and Dat Nguyen
The Space Between You and Me
Whether we’re getting up to go to work or getting ready for a date, our bodies have their own internal preparations to make. With bold colors and surreal dripping forms, the paintings of Bill Dambrova and Dat Nguyen dramatically illustrate anatomic process from an artist’s point of view.
Damabrova: “’You’re So Vein’ reminded me of looking into a mirror, but instead of seeing my face I was able to see my insides. … There are several stories embedded in the painting, but one story became about when I have woken up in the morning, feeling good about myself, and I looked in the mirror and found a giant zit in the middle of my face. Not glamorous, but these ideas lead to a deeper meaning. When it comes to disease, illness or even back pain caused by stress, we often feel like we have little or no control over what our bodies decide to do to us… I think we do have the ability to control more of what our bodies can do than we think.”
Tastyspace, Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St., No. 150, www.facebook.com/tastyspace