Review: IDADA Members Exhibition 

click to enlarge Work by Dorothy Alig is part of the IDADA group show at Wug's.
  • Work by Dorothy Alig is part of the IDADA group show at Wug's.

4 stars

Barry Blinderman, who works as the Director of the University Galleries at Illinois State University, was the juror for this year's IDADA Members Exhibition show. He provided a more generous selection than last year's — both in variety of media and in number of pieces displayed.

One standout, an honorable mention, was Flounder Lee's "United States 1919 in Colon." This work, which juxtaposed an old U.S. map over a grid of photographs taken at the former site of the School of the Americas, acknowledged a fraught historical context. Another work using nontraditional media was Jeremy Tubbs' "Joe Bffsplk," which verged on the photo-real in its depiction of street traffic in front of the Chicago Board of Trade building. Mind-blowingly, Tubbs used five different types of duct tape on paper as media in this composition. There was, of course, room for traditional painting at this show.

One of the more traditional pieces — at least in terms of its acrylic on canvas media — was also one of the most conceptually strange. I'm talking about Dan Cooper's first-place-winning "Doppler." This painting showed an artfully composed country landscape that might've sufficed as the cover art for a James Taylor CD compilation — save for the circular swath of blank canvas swallowing up half the painting.

My favorite, though, was Dorothy Alig's "Chatter II," (mixed media on washi paper) which conjured up a strange urban dreamscape filled with brilliant dabs of colors and fluttering birds.


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