Thursday, March 10, 2005
So that was the plan. Meet up at Carrie Secrist and then head over to the main drag on Peoria, where some other openings were scheduled to open up. This is all in the West Loop gallery district. I haven’t been to River North in a while. There are good galleries in River North, but some real stinkers, too. River North is just kind of old school, conservative, stodgy. West Loop is hip, man. But that can get annoying too. Perhaps one day I’ll earn enough money to take a cab between the two locales. Or draw up an itinerary and plot an efficient course through the city on openings night.
I got to Carrie Secrist and waited for about two hours for my friends to show up. So I saw that show plenty. It is very good, it’s Matthew Brown, the plant guy (plant paintings) and Carolyn Ottmers, the plant lady (plant sculptures). I went to the website for images, but they still have the last show up of Lilliana Porter’s Work.
For all you gallerists out there: Don’t run your website through Artnet. It loads incredibly slowly, and involves navigating through a lot of superfluous pages. It’s better to have your own website and make it simple without a lot of useless flash animation. When I go to a gallery site, I want two things and I want them fast: Contact info and images of the artists’ work. I don’t have time to be impressed by your webmaster’s tricks or the fact that you have enough money to waste it on being a part of artnet.