|Don’t Be Afraid|
Mixed media painting. Signed on the back.
24 x 24
The curator of Yard-Dog set up this space in what seems to be a bit of an unorganized style. There are pictures covering practically every space on the walls. The pictures are erratically arranged: some paintings are touching one another, while others are placed one above another, while still even others are spaced about half an inch apart! To try and place which artist is which is complicated enough. Trying to discover the name of the current display collection well…that was done via the internet and not so much with the help of the gallery. Another unusual thing that the curator has done is created a top heavy space by putting the larger paintings above the smaller paintings. Yet, somehow this tiny space with its warm dark red wall and high-gloss white wall, with its thick beam through the middle of the shop, cozy back corner, and old scuffed wood floors makes one feel right at home.
|Cash In London|
Print mounted on wood, touched up and varnished.
11.25 x 8
| Cup Of Bitterness|
Mixed media painting on plywood.
19 x 16
I think through Jon Langford’s Art Show the curator accomplished a few key points. Such as the fact that the most interesting pieces by Langford are right by the door, drawing viewers in. He puts the smaller paintings towards the back of the building and does not put them all together. So just when the viewer thinks they have seen all of Langford’s exhibition they are surprised by a whole other group. On a negative note, there are too many pieces of art work in one spot and the separation of his collection is not useful. Although entertaining because of the fact that there was more paintings then originally anticipated the fact that they were separated can be confusing, it makes the viewer think that it is another artist. I think that concerning the art shop the idea of placing the two groups separately may be good for business, but concerning viewing and taking the pieces in, it is not clear and concise.
Yard-Dog’s unique location and great vibe fits hand in hand with Austin and with the art it displays. Jon Langford’s Art Show will be on display from October 22 until November 13. Langford’s art is incredibly interesting and in my personal opinion defiantly unique in its style, representation of advertising, and famous people. What makes the trip even better is the idea that if you love a piece so much you do not want to leave it behind, you can always take it with you!
- Kristi Underwood