"Maximum Flavor" at the Atlanta College of Art Gallery kicks of a summer off hot shows with a group of sick artists exploring the life of bling.
For those of you who are over the wack contemporary art shows in da ATL, "Maximum Flavor" is off the heezy and definitely worth the ride to Midtown. Some works are just M&M (some are either too conceptually simple while others aren't well executed) but that shouldn't stop you from checking out the show if you are within say, 25 miles of the gallery. If you live in Cumming or Dahlonega, combine the trip with a Braves game to make it worth your while.
Kehinde Wiley is the illest of the artists in the show, but I'm down with Thinking About Art's review of Wiley's D.C. show at Conner Contemporary...Wiley's painting technique is janky. "Apotheosis of Admiral Vettor Pisana #2" looks great from about 15 feet away though. I'd like to see Wiley do the conceptualizing and Ed Paschke do the painting. Now that would be worth a trip of at least 50 miles!
Nikki S. Lee is represented by four photos from her "Projects" series, two from the "Hip Hop Project" and two from the "Skateboarders Project". Gotta give props to Lee's "Projects", probably my favorite body of conceptual art in recent memory. If you can't make time to see the show, at least buy her book.
Nicole Cherubini's ceramic assemblage is poppins fo sho - a perfect mix of the seductive and grotesque...kind of like a gory car wreck. William Cordova is representin' with two great pieces; my fave being "Whole sellers, retailers & bullshitters", a mix of Fifth Avenue and Canal Street in its use of gold leaf and graffiti.
All in all, the show is krunk as hell. Fo shizzle.