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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

10 things we would bid on at the Art Papers auction

Culture Editor Debbie Michaud and I are looking forward to the Art Papers auction and party this weekend. Between the two of us, we might even be able to scrounge up enough pocket change to bid on a piece of art to hang on the wall at the new CL office. We couldn't help but daydream about what we bid on if we were, like, Rick Ross rich and money didn't matter. We each picked five from the online preview that's running right now.

Events Editor Wyatt Williams would pick:

Brian Dettmer, Complete Book of Marvels

Debbie and I got into an imaginary bidding war over who got to pick this Dettmer piece. I win because I have more books on my desk. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Wyatt does NOT win.]

BORN, Wisdom Tooth

BORN's solo exhibition Accidental, probably the best show I've seen at that gallery, included this piece.

Monica Cook, Untitled
  • Monica Cook, "Untitled"

Seeing Cook's work progress from hyperrealistic, discomforting paintings to surreal sculpture and animation has been a pleasure. This earlier work is every bit as eerie and magnetic as anything she has done.

Nathan Green, Snail

I don't know much about Nathan Green's work, but I'm almost positive I could look at this piece on my wall every day for a long time.

Michael Scoggins, OK Friend
  • Michael Scoggins, "OK Friend"

At Michael Scoggins' exhibition at Saltworks last year, I laughed and laughed and laughed. Then, I felt really uncomfortable about laughing. This piece, like much of that work, seems equal parts funny and depressing.

Culture Editor Debbie Michaud would pick:

Rachel Hayes and Jiha Moon, Crane Stain

I love the bright bubbing chaos of Jiha Moon's artwork that carries over into this collaboration with Rachel Hayes.

Lucha Rodriguez, Twinned Apparatus Crema

I'm digging the neon yellow thread winding through this intricate paper cut-out by Lucha Rodriguez. It should make a nice contrast hanging next to Brian Dettmer's book sculpture that I'm definitely winning.

Micah Stansell, The Rustler

This still comes from Micah Stansell's MOCA GA video installation The Water and the Blood. I want it even more now that I realize it's a 5-by-8-inch film still in an LED lightbox. Plus: cowboys.

Greg Pond, Untitled

I'm not familiar with Greg Pond, but I was really drawn to the way the fury of white lines agitate an otherwise calm-looking space in this piece, which combines an algorithmic computer drawing and photography.

Monica Zeringue, Connect

Monica Zeringue's "Connect" is so sad and lovely - I want to keep staring at it.

And because I'm rich and have an unlimited budget I would also grab a sixth:

Ryan Nabulsi, PX600FF_D15_A1

Papers Art Auction and Party on Sat., Feb. 11, 7-10 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art. artpapers.org.

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