Heather Marx Gallery (San Francisco) also was provocative, although in a more highbrow manner than Art Palace. My eyes were first drawn to the Baroque centerpieces sculpted by David Hevel as pop culture commentary. They incorporated taxidermy elements arranged with autumnal dried flowers and pendulous glass beads that would- almost- be appropriate in your Grandmother's house. Pictured is the piece "Paparazzi." Davis and Davis photograph found dolls and discarded playthings in full sets- there was a definite narrative to these pieces. The dolls are left completely in the state in which they were found, from scuffs to tattered clothing, and then interact with each other in a mildly disturbing subtext. Libby Black recreates consumer goods in paper mache, down to the last detail. Her Louis Vuitton boombox and cassette selection (featuring Tina Turner among others) was done to scale and plastered in the familiar LV logo. She seems to ask us to consider our wants and desires against our actual needs. David Lyle paints greyscale (at least these selections) oil on panel versions of found vintage photographs depicting slices of Americana- but the America that isn't always smiling as it moves to pose for the photographer. One in particular, "State Fair Domination," is of an older woman who's just won prizes for all of her cakes but one, and that one she looks at discontentedly.
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