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Venus Envy Transcends Gender: Closing Reception at Bucktown Center for the Arts, May 26 PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:00
Internally illuminated torso sculptures made of paper, rough-shaped hide-like weavings with primitive figures, shimmering digital photographic constructions of a transmogrified rock-and-roll icon, and a leg crowned with a house covered in plastic toy babies represent just a sliver of the powerful artistic diversity to be discovered at this year’s Venus Envy art exhibit, which populates the first three floors at Bucktown Center for the Arts (in downtown Davenport) through May 26.

 
“One Step Beyond What I Know” PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
A tall, enigmatic pyramid constructed from a series of stacked cubes stands perched on the balcony, a silent witness to the comings and goings of the travelers below. The pyramid’s surface is covered with patches of colored sheet metal riddled with snippets of old advertising and logos. Each cube’s facet is a small composition in its own right. The fragments of pop-culture detritus of the ziggurat’s skin beg to be organized and deciphered, but yield no clear message.

 
Satisfying an Appetite for Charisma PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 04 April 2006 18:00
A mighty princess constructed from painted nails, fabric, and costume jewelry stands proudly with her rusted sword-like scepter overhead. Her spontaneous presence tells us that she is the product of a visually inquisitive soul with a sincere enthusiasm for image making.

 
Triumph of the Spirit PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 28 March 2006 18:00
The latest exhibit at the Figge Art Museum, Migration of the Spirit, creates an unsettling mood that is simultaneously full of melancholy and levity. The exhibit, which runs through April 16, is a powerful show that explores a tragic history through the vision of Miami-based artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.

 
Exhibit Explores the Power of Words in Visual Art PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 18:00
Editor’s note: Steve Banks served as one of four jurors for this exhibit. Image & Word, the latest show at Quad City Arts, is a comfortably diverse exploration of the uses of text and its relationship with and within images.

 
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