The article on Ellen Gallagher in the Times today seemed very, um, neutral. I've admired her work for a few years but have thought that it is often too obvious and easy in it's method of expressing a social message. More than anything else I admire her technique. And after reading this piece I think this is why her work doesn't resonate more--she also greatly admires her technique. Maybe more than the subject matter itself.
That's just me. Me. Me. Me reading the Times during the commericals of the football games. (And I'm thinking hoping the Eagles are crushing the Pats in the big game.)
A collage is a collage is a collage, but Tony Fitzpatrick does it a lot different than Ellen Gallagher. I forwarded my godmother the link to the Time's bit on Tony Fitzpatrick's show, thinking she would dig his work like I do. She emailed me back saying that she owned three of his pieces. Yeah, what's better than that kind of synergy?
What's better is more of it.