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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why Don't We Do It In the Road?

Posted by on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Because It's Not Romantic If No One's Watching. (Oil painting, 2012, by local artist Jeremy Mangan, now showing through December 1 at Linda Hodges Gallery in Pioneer Square, more images on the artist's web site.)

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  • COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LINDA HODGES GALLERY

If you're like me, you'll see echoes of Nathan DiPietro's lightly perverse landscapes in Mangan's deadpanning. I love the small oil and acrylic on panel Just Right, 2012. It feels like a sendup of Thomas Kinkade's paintings-of-light, in which each house glows a "heavenly" gold. Rather, this house rages. Somebody—or something—is crazy in there, burning the place up and pumping the heat out so hard through the ten chimneys that the out-of-doors is starting to melt around the home.

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I'm glad you introduced me to Nathan DiPietro and now these. Just like the painting vs. photo game, I like many of these because it's fun to imagine the art installation and whether it would be compelling, in Harbor Crossing especially.
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