2002 Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, and James
K. Patterson, M.D.
Amy Cutler's gouache drawings
reference sources ranging from the artist's own memories to medieval history,
Indian miniature paintings, Boy Scout manuals, and fairy tales. Her images
conjure a surreal world densely populated with giant cake-eating rabbits,
umbrella-wielding medieval jousters, melting snowmen, swimming pigs, dancing
women with chairs attached to their heads, and other characters. These
finely drawn figures illustrate a series of open-ended narratives that
are as equally available to a range of interpretations as they are peculiar.
Her dreamlike tableaux evoke both the childlike wonder and dark psychological
underside of the best tales by the Brothers Grimm.
David Rathman's ink drawings of cowboys examine a particular kind of fable:
the settling of the American West. Combining a range of visual references
from the 19th-century landscape paintings of Frederic Remington to the
Hollywood Westerns of John Ford, his sepia-toned images paired with darkly
humorous texts evoke the strange, illogical irony of the writings of Samuel
Beckett. His characters stand silhouetted against the Western landscape,
spouting strangely existentialist aphorisms such as "No need to shoot
straight when you shoot often" or "You don't put a name on something you
might have to eat." Rathman's protagonists are high-plains drifters who
rewrite aspects of the American mythology of the West with the artist's
own brand of desperate black humor.
YOU DO HOLD ONTO YOUR MISERY, DON'T YOU?
2002 Courtesy Clementine Gallery, New York
New York-based Amy Cutler received her BFA from the Cooper Union School
of Art in New York. Her work has been included in a wide range of group
exhibitions, such as Selections: Summer 2000 at the Drawing Center,
New York. Cutler's work has also been the subject of two solo presentations
in 2002 at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, and most recently at the
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Minneapolis-based David Rathman
received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work
has been shown in numerous group exhibitions, including The Good, the
Bad, and the Ugly at Galerie Weiland, Berlin, and Where the Boys
Are at Clementine Gallery, New York. Rathman is the recipient of awards
from the Jerome, Bush, and McKnight Foundations. His work was recently
featured in solo exhibitions at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, and Clementine
Gallery, New York.