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Art review: H & S spring pop-up show
H&S Gallery has done something right.
At, least, judging from the scores of people crammed into the Laundry Room last night for its spring pop-up show. Granted, some (maybe a LOT) of those people may have shown up to see Fierce Creatures. They are argueably the most hyped band in town and the crowd gathered in the center of the store watching them play seemed mesmerized. Which should be a nod to the h&s crew, who have proved again that an art show can be (maybe should be) an event .
That doesn't take anything anyway from the art (from h&s members like Christian Vargas, Terrance Reimer, Shannon Hunter and Zack Welch) or the show itself, which was well thought and produced. There was a definite eye for detail and an attempt to work with the aesthetic of the shop, and it worked. It's a strength of Steve Ruppel and Robert Amador the h&s ring leaders. Each show is a subtle variation on the brand's theme, done seamlessly.
* Watching Fierce Creatures made me wish I was really into them. Because the people who were (and there were plenty) seemed like they were having SO. MUCH. FUN. screaming along and clapping their hands and whatnot. Then I was reminded about Pinkeye circa 2004. The point is, I haven't felt that connection to a band in a long time.
* While having the art displayed alongside the merchandise worked on an aesthetic level (having Hunter's portraits in the ladies section worked nicely), in some cases the pieces seemed to blend too well. One of Welch's pieces in particular seemed like it was part of the decor (which probably means that the Laundry Room should buy it).
* Photographer Bob Pero created a photobooth installation for the show. Great idea. You can view (and download) the photos here, starting tomorrow.
* The guys at the Laundry Room have busted their butts to create a unqiue and inspiring shop. The place is a great example of local entrepreneaurship done right. They know what they want to to do, the product and experience they want to offer, and they've executed it well.