Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Robert Teckenrock - Vecino's Coffee Gallery - June 23, 2004 - 2 stars

This is detailed doodling with an outsider spirit and a comic book, heavy metal style. It's a thinking man's Beavis and Butthead and that's not a bad approach. "Still Life Kaleidoscope," a doodled rainbow landscape with banana, is meticulous and shows the artist's soft color sensibility that unfortunately didn't find its way into most of the works (black and white) on display. Red ballpoint ink abstracted floral doodles frame a purple monochromatic segmented scene of floating fruit in this piece, showing that this artist, despite technical drawing challenges, has a keen sense of value. This is further framed by blue ink flower doodles framing a continuum fruit scene in light blue. "Football Church" features a scene set into an incongruously naive gymnasium-church hybrid where cheerleaders (her kicking leg appears to come out of her shoulder) and nuns are side by side. Stained glass windows are sports teams. A wonderful commentary on cultural fanaticism and personal priority, the painting is elementarily flat and ill proportioned ... but who cares? Sense of humor and intent give worth to this work. Through June, 2004. –Mary Lee Pappas

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