I'm not usually thrilled with the work featured at apartment galleries, but Meredith Cristal's Fifty09 Gallery in South City had been getting a lot of buzz so I thought I would make an exception. This month was to feature the show "A Look at Who's Talking Now: a study of American Anthropomorphism" featuring the work of Brittany Boynton and Julie Rechtien in their collaborative debut.
As I walk in I see a plant with a word bubble. I am underwhelmed, but intrigued. As I get a decent look around at the gallery I immediately notice the vast array of mixed media. It seems to me that the pieces were intended to look as if they were completed by a variety of people interested in the world of Anthropomorphism, though it was clearly all created by Boynton and Rechtien.
I am prompted to think about the absurdity of American elections as I view the wall commemorating the fictional feud "Babe vs. Gordy", with "vintage" pins from the race and transcripts of slander from one pig to another. The oil paintings that seem to nearly worship great moments of Hollywood Anthopromorphism (Frank the Pug, the sperm scene from 'Look Who's Talking') provoke thoughts about the state of American Cinema and celebrity. The small drawings of animals conversing about typical and atypical human things raise questions like, "why do we assume animals want similar things as us?" and "are we human or are we dancer?"
As I finally make my way over to the baby monitor projecting Bruce Willis's freak out from Pulp Fiction I can't help but start to wonder if these girls simply have a sick obsession with pop culture and especially the Look Who's Talking franchise (ed note: get buttons here) in which Bruce Willis voices baby Mikey, Kirstie Alley stars as Mikey's mother Mollie who has to find her way as a single mom in NYC betrayed by her wealthy ex-lover just when you think things couldn't get any worse she goes into labor with no choice but to hitch a ride to the hospital with crude, wise-cracking (but pretty cute ;)) taxi-driver James (John Travolta) who ends up having to be IN THE DELIVERY ROOM while little Mikey is born and from that moment on it's nonstop laughs to be enjoyed by all as Mikey learns about his new world and Mollie & James learn about themselves.
P.s. Brittany and Julie are the most groundbreaking artists I've seen since 2000.
Words by Dana Hughes, celebrated art critic.