Monday, March 5, 2012

HOT IN HERRE: Andre Woolery's Warm Reception

Andre Woolery at the opening of his solo exhibition Bruised Thumbs, February 23, 2012. 
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March 5, 2012

It was an exceptionally warm evening in Manhattan on February 23, 2012 and even hotter inside the TriBeCa-based Frontrunner Gallery. The space was fired up for Andre Woolery's first solo exhibit Bruised Thumbs where portraits of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Erykah Badu and others stood head and shoulders above the shoulder-to-shoulder hipsters who -- in true digital-age fashion – snapped photos of the works as if the subjects themselves were standing on the red carpet. One imagines it was a heady night for the artist who has gotten quite a bit of press for incorporating push-pins (he calls them thumb tacks) into his paintings (hence the title of the show.) Woolery has a systematic design process in order for the creation of these works but aligning the symbolic meaning of such a distinct material element in a way that won’t intellectually cripple future works will be a challenge. Hopefully, this is something he’s considered and if he can overcome that, the heat index for his next show may damn near be tropical.  

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