Brad Brown plays with chance. He defaces his drawings in every conceivable way, and then rolls dice to decide how he’ll treat the printing plates. These he slices up and instructs press operators to arrange however they like. The results are surprisingly consistent – and funny, like what Philip Guston might have come up with had he drawn abstract cartoon panels. Sculptor Mari Andrews makes casual drawings at the end of each workday. From this habit of improvising around nature-based themes, she selected 55 pieces and arranged them in a large grid. None are particularly remarkable, nor are they intended to be; but in series, they unfold slowly and cinematically, like giant flip cards, encouraging meditation on the natural cycles that are her subject.
Things to Say to Dinner Guests, Kim Rugg’s serial “white-out” of every letter in the alphabet – executed A-through-Z across 23 copies of a single edition The New York Times – is an engaging spoof. It looks like a ransom note or, alternately, a bizarre exercise in linguistic analysis, but it is neither. It reminds me of Joseph Heller’s send up of wartime censorship in Catch-22 where soldiers get letters from home that begin with “Dear” and end in “Love” — with nothing in between.
David M. Roth is the editor and publisher of Squarecylinder.