Arts Los Cojones de Doug Harvey
posted by January 8 at 12:30 PMon
LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey (a contributor to The Stranger) is not only a firebrand of a writer, he’s an exhibiting artist, too. I’m having a hard time thinking of another contemporary critic working this combo. It used to happen more often, but these days, critics are academics and public intellectuals at best and half-hearted observers at worst. We’re rarely experienced artists. (I’m certainly not.)
I can’t wait to read the reviews of Harvey’s show, titled Great Expectorations. It’s showing at High Energy Constructs in LA from Jan. 13 to Feb. 18. Here’s an image (a detail from Bling) and a description:
Taking the same kind and sized piece of paper, the element of eruption, and a lifetime of experience with the creative act, Harvey has made over 60 individual Expectorations—painting, drawing, collaging, erasing, oozing, and free associating, as if carrying out some sort of occasional, yet quietly consistent ritual in the studio, away from his writing desk. Historically drawing upon the visual and painterly influences of Jess, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Asger Jorn, Kenneth Patchen, Tadanori Yokoo, Peter Saul, Sigmar Polke, Martin Kippenberger … A consistent element throughout Great Expectorations is Harvey’s existential nausea filtered through a visual sense of humor.
Cheers, El Jefe.