My teenaged daughter, Mother and I set off Saturday afternoon to see what there was to discover--three generations of us, all with our own tastes! The Jim Dine pictured above was a favorite of my daughter. The gallerist informed her she had very expensive taste as it was a very rare painting.
Two artists in particular stood out to me, Mayme Kratz's resin and thistle/seed or grass artworks (pictured above) and Rachel Bess's delicate and exquisitly painted small oils.
I love to be surprised at art fairs and always look for something or someone that can teach me something. This gallery knocked my socks off and I was only two steps into the door.
We were also mesmerized by the video/ mixed media work of artist Gregory Scott's trompe de l'oiel picture within a picture within a picture. He blew our mind.
This large photographic print of a Horse (in fact there were two shown side by side) stopped me in my tracks. I KNEW it was special the second I saw it. Then I learned it was by Jill Greenberg- a favorite photographer whose work I've been in love with since her " End Time" series. I loved her primates, NY Times photos and even photos for HBO' s Dexter and her horses sort of trot right along her course of larger then life portraits sublimely lit in what I can only refer to as "Jill Greenberg light" which is as recognizable as an Yves Klein Blue.
Her new photographic work was at the Imago Gallery booth. That did not surprise me since Imago is the "Ace/ Gagosian" of Palm Desert. I've visited them many times with my dad to see Chihuly, Wegman and Arnoldi shows over the last decade. This move up the blue chip gallery ladder signifies to me that Greenberg's work has reached a new tier beyond "emerging." (Trend alert--Also note that horses are making a huge comeback in photography. This is the fourth photographer I know photographing horses in a contemporary fashion. Interesting.)
I liked Mark's work because one can see his "hand" in his personal drawings and also his love of science which is interwoven into his quirky animated orgiastic scenes. This work is fun, whimsical, a tad naughty and it appeals to the left side of your brain as well as the right.