Dallas' Best Visual Art of 2012
|Russell Young in front of "Only Anarchists Are Pretty"|
Given that the name "Goss-Michael" so frequently translates to "star-fucking," it was no shock that the work of British artist Russell Young is in the collections of Brad and Angelina and President Obama, or that the content of this particular show last spring included portraits of Mick, Elvis, and Sid Vicious.
But the front gallery was a different beast, a sketchy beast. In the series called "Only Anarchists Are Pretty," colorless images of women in bondage were scattered over seven huge enamel screen prints. My first impression was "edgy," but after a while, I realized that maybe these women were not enjoying themselves and I got freaked out and went to look at the shiny pictures of celebrities in the back gallery, but it was too late - those seven panels were in my head, and I'd have to walk back through them to leave the gallery, and they'd be in my head for a long time after. That's art, baby.
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