It’s not often we see a local show from an artist who is regularly mentioned in the same breath as Tim Hawkinson, but CCAS kicks 2012 off with a bang with this show of work by Chris Taggart, one of the brightest lights on the West Coast. Taggart’s art is process heavy, but there’s more than a simple ‘how long did that take?’ factor at work – the finished pieces are striking, savvy and sometimes, very funny. Taggart works in many mediums, but one constant thread is his fascination with perception. Whether he’s making a massive sewn-paper sculpture of a football, a ‘drawing’ (consisting of hundreds/thousands of smaller drawings) on aluminum sheet, or self portraits assembled from portraits of other people who share his name, Taggart is playing with both visual perceptions (often in the form of pixelization) and perception based on assumption. Taggart’s work is smart in the same way that Tom Friedman’s stuff is, but Taggart adds a techie dimension (did I mention that he does hold a degree in physics) that is all his own.
I’ve heard him referred to as a ‘maximalist,’ and the term fits – I’m not sure how he could make any of his pieces more detailed or labor-intensive without losing their focus. Stunning, stunning work. Sure, it’s only January, but I’ll wager that this turns out to be the ‘don’t miss’ exhibit of the year.
1519 19th Street
Hours: Tues – Sun, Noon to 5PM
Longtime local rock photographer Jay Spooner kicks off the New Year with an exhibit of his music photos. Spooner fell firmly in the Old I camp in the infamous Loft-vs-Ironsides debate so the show is stocked to the rafters with pics of ‘90s crowdpleasers like Magnolia Thunderfinger, Sex 66 and Tattooed Love Dogs.
2728 J Street, Suite C
Eye-Fi: An SN&R Retrospective of Sacramento Music Scene Photography
Bows & Arrows
January 6 – February 2
Reception: January 6, 6-10PM
SN&R editor (and photog) Nick Miller curated this show of pictures from the paper’s archives, including shots by a dozen or so photographers including Amy Scott, Shoka, Jesse Vasquez. Subjects include Sac faves like Ganglians, Random Abiladeze, Sea of Bees, Sister Crayon and many more.
1815 19th Street
January 12 – 29
Reception: January 12, 6-10PM
Reception: January 14, 6-11PM
Milk keeps the ball rolling with another solid show featuring a dozen or so Sacto All-Stars, including Chris Daubert, Jose Di Gregorio and Annie Murphy-Robinson. If you haven’t visited this beautiful new Alkali Flat space yet, what are you waiting for?
212 13th Street
Hours: by appointment, 916: 539-7159