Simple Taste is Popular
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 8th, 2016, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs through Feb 20, 2016.
Art Palace presents Simple Taste is Popular, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Bill Willis and Bradley Kerl. From found imagery devoid of grandeur, Kerl and Willis present painterly explorations of subjects lovingly rendered such as still lives from vintage Italian cooking magazines, mid-century cookbooks and vintage nudie playing cards, resulting in a quotidian landscape.
Willis and Kerl each describe the first leg of their creative process as sifting, scouring, surfing, or mining for source materials that are banal, kitschy, or decidedly “uncool”; these castoff pictures are chosen for their readiness to accept fantastic and aspirational qualities. Equal parts garish and tender, the final works are fabrications of idealized, indulgent scenarios.
Willis and Kerl both hold MFA degrees from University of Houston, maintain a fresh and steady studio practices, and work as adjunct studio professors.