Thursday, June 26, 2008

Three's A Charm...

Tap, tap, tap...clack, clack,!...Some reviews: (click on links below)
"Construction Zone | Lael Corbin's 'Remodel' is familiar looking, but full of surprise", Robert Pincus,
The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Lael Corbin remodels his art", Kevin Freitas, San Diego CityBeat
"Lael Corbin at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects", July-August issue, ArtScene
[note: this is a preview; complete review will appear in upcoming isse]

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Sorry folks, my web guy is m.i.a. (Buenos Aires, last I heard), so we're a little behind getting the installation shots of Lael Corbin's Remodel exhibition up on our site. Nevertheless, I just want to say, this is in no way a substitution for experiencing the work in person, which in truth, is why I held off doing it. Like the "drive-by" gallery visitor who slows down just long enough to crank his head and take in the show (seriously!), the web has become too convenient an alternative for visiting galleries and experiencing the art, live, in person. And, after all, I think most people get that Remodel is as much about the experience as it is about the 'objects'. Each space generates its own "storyline" and "scent" (think dirt, humus, sawdust, wood...) that triggers a flood of memories and responses, as different from each other as they are from one person to another. One of my personal favorites is Untitled (Laundry Room). These Rubick's cube-like objects are soooo soft and soooo beautiful (I admit, the temptation to caress and give them a big hug is pretty huge--and this is such a manly show) but it also gives me the creeps! ...Not sure why. Something in my childhood, I suppose... (dirty things happen in there!), but I'm certain it's grist for some therapist's mill.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Scene and herd: a few more afterthoughts on REMODEL...

Now that the dust has settled I look back at this whole REMODEL experience with an uncommon pleasure I know rarely accompanies the "real" thing. So, here are a few of our favorite sights and sounds generated over the course of the installation and opening...
#3: Our neighbor's reaction to the bright orange scaffolding that went up hours before the opening: "How long is that thing staying up for?!"
#2: The guy on the bike who shouted "
You need a plumber?!" as he passed by the day before.
#1: The little 3-year old boy who, at the height of the opening, entered "Untitled (Bathroom)" and began to unzip his fly in front of the "toilet" (his grandma caught him just in time). Oh, if only!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Lael Corbin's REMODEL packs 'em in!

"Amazing" and "brilliant" sometimes sound like clich├ęs and certainly among the most overused of adjectives, but in the case of Corbin--and specifically this new body of work--it barely comes close to describing the full experience of this phenomenal artist and exhibition. I haven't seen so many heads turn and mouths open since Leigh Bowery showed up with Boy George one Halloween night at the Sound Factory with his big bald head poking out of a toilet seat. Except this was a way classier affair. With Remodel, Lael Corbin has proven he's earned his chops as possibly the singularly most talented young artist in San Diego today. Some people may argue this point, but, let me tell you--I've seen a lot of art in the last 20+ years and instinctly know when someone 'has it'--and this young artist stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them. His type doesn't come around very often and I am convinced that he is on his way to becoming a big deal. I really wish that everyone in New York and Los Angeles could see this show. This is what I am talking about--the seminal experience--being inside a point in time that marks a revolution, an adjustment of the status quo, of the same ho-hum crap that too often passes for art these days. Ok, I'll get off my pedestal... Here's Brian Dick, fighting for the spotlight with "Glue Bear" at the top of "Untitled (Stairs/Bear Den)" installation (guess who's going to win this one?) ...and Lucia Sanroman, assistant curator at MCASD, staring lovingly at a 2x4. Her "I am so jealous!" made my night. Thank you, Lucia!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

REMODEL gets under way...

Lael Corbin and his crew landed earlier this week to begin installing his solo show, which opens this coming Friday night. We're being very hush-hush about the whole thing...even the show's evite reminder that was sent out this morning posed more questions than it answered.