Thomas Jeppe: Neo Lad
The exhibit opening at Futura this past Saturday was the place to be. Kasia Fudakowski and Thomas Jeppe’s brought the gallery to life with conversation. Her sculptures are strong. If one element of the show were to be edited out it would be the Jeppe’s paintings that appeared intermittently in the show. Though the paintings held good composition, the realistic visuals in them were not executed with the same success that the rest of the show had. It was distracting.
The works throughout seemed unbalanced between the two artists. Fudakowski presented much more mature and professional work. Jeppe’s drawings were in a state that looked unfinished, but it was not intentional enough to know whether it was on purpose. It looked simply messy. To contrast in history, Basquiat’s works look finished yet in-process at the same time. Jeppe’s work did not share this attribute.
Moving down towards the basement was one of the most memorable parts of the show, that happened to be by Jeppe. Though I did not favor his work overall, the heavy plastic curtains were a fantastic touch to the progression of the show. It made you aware, and it made you present. The weight of them were surprising, and thus grounded your mind to prepare you for the second half of the show.
The strongest of Fudakowski’s works were in the basement. She showed talent in several areas including ceramics, metal work, and woodwork. Every piece used completely different materials, yet with each material she was able to master the technique to wield it.
One thing that will stick with me about Kasia Fudakowski’s work is her website. Her work was strong and enjoyable, but a matched excitement got me when I viewed her site afterwords. http://www.kasiakasia.com/ displays a absolutely unique way to display work.
The show as a whole made me wonder why these two artists were paired together. Their craft is on two different levels, which unfortunately made the show incongruent. Because the show was stuffed with a variety of work it is a show that is worth multiple visits, no doubt, thanks to Fudakowski. Give that girl her own show for goodness sake.