Monday, January 22, 2018

Good Pictures From Tommy Kha

Darryl Jennifer, Mind Power @ Okay Space Gallery

The Bad Brains are godhead, and for stretches, say pre-Quickness, they were undeniably perfect. So, it is nice to see Bad Brains guitarist Darryl Jenifer branching out into the visual arts. His paintings are graphic and folkish with an upbeat palette that matches the Bad Brains much toted PMA. The paintings revolve around the iconic Bad Brains Banned in DC lightning bolt and occasional Rastafarian rocking out. The show is solid and features a selection of early Bad Brains’ photographs by Lucian Perkins that appear in the legendary DC hardcore book Banned in DC. AS a teen I obsessed over that book like it was the Dead Sea scrolls that, with enough focus, could unlock the great secrets of DC hardcore.

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Rebecca Morgan, Mark Mulroney, Montgomery Perry Smith, Three's Company @ Mrs.

So, chances are you might not have made it out to Maspeth to see Mrs., yet well bad on you. They have been putting on a consistent string of quality shows with Threes Company being a stellar example of what they have been up to just outside the range of the subway system. The show features a large sculpture piece by Montgomery Perry Smith that looks like a large beige alien hair braid that floats in front of a light blue wall with Mark Mulroney’s grid of New England landscapes that bring to mind illustration from a children’s book. The blue of the wall and the simplicity of the landscapes make Montgomery Perry Smith’s large alien sculpture seem less menacing and adding a touch of whimsy to the show. That tension between the other worldliness of Montgomery Perry Smith sculptures and the seeming familiarity of Mark Mulroney landscapes makes for a perfect set up for Rebecca Morgan’s R. Crumb-like portraits, which walk a very slippery line between loving characterization and biting criticism. The bright, almost pastel palate is a wonderful match for the large blue wall, producing in an excellent show of work in a stellar gallery that is well worth a trip out to Maspeth.

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