Evri Kwongs art deals with violence gang, domestic, wartime, run-of-the-mill, extraordinary. Though he depicts scenes with narratives ripped from the headlines, his drawing-paintings are not bloody. Theyre not even particularly scary (if you dont know how to look at them), because all involved, from the perpetrators to the victims to the onlookers, are marionette-style puppets, sketched with a Sharpie. Violence inflicted on Howdy Doody isnt particularly frightening, is it? Again, if you dont know how to look, no. But take a moment with the work in No Fooling: Just beneath the comics-like surface, its chilling. Like parts of America, you might say. If you need a hint, Kwong often includes a little, exquisite landscape painting set within the larger work, to offset the brutality. Like candy-coated cable TV, you might say.
April 1-30, 2010