Press / Inland Empire Weekly

Curiosity Seeker
“Curio” invites you into a world of weird
By: Stacy Davies

Andi Campognone Projects Gallery unveils some new funkiness this month with an eclectic show about all that kitschy stuff you pick up at thrift stores and estate sales (or snatch out of grandma’s hope chest) and place around the house as strange sentimental tchotchkes. The works themselves are not actual curios (which is the name for such oddities) but inspired by them—and this collection is a hoot.

Laurie Hogin’s petite portraits of spotted bunnies and duplicitous pink and green monkeys playing drums on skulls are stylishly trippy, and Moira Hahn’s finely-lined Japanese prints of rabbit- and parrot-headed geishas are exquisite. Peter Zokosky’s classic-looking carrot man oil and David Ligare’s companion still lifes of a bowl of potato chips and buttery cakes are gorgeously funky and rich, and Chris Xavier’s mini paintings on cigarette rolling papers (which he sketches of real people while riding the bus) should already be considered highly-prized collectables. There’s a host of other off-the-wallness to be seen, and always room on your shelf of Peruvian she-devil maracas for just one more prized addition, no?

“Curiosities of the Curio” at Andi Campognone Projects, 558B W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 629-4500; Opening reception Sat, March 13, 6-10PM. Thru April 24.