At D. Berman Gallery, Jimmy Jalapeeno
and Billy Hassell arrive at the natural world from competing perspectives.
Hassell sees big planes separated by distinct shadings. His oversized
subjects vibrate against flat, decorative backgrounds. Jalapeeno,
for the most part, plays with droplets of light that coalesce into
different images, depending on the position of the viewer.
It's super to see Jalapeeno on gallery walls again. He seemed to disappear
after the venerable Lyons-Matrix Gallery closed. Besides his color-sprinkled
landscapes, he has produced chaste still-life paintings -- vegetables,
fruit, etc. -- and paintings based on photographs of sculpture. Jalapeeno
shot John Chamberlain's crumpled cars in Marfa, then, with paint on
canvas, played with tightly framed, twisted surfaces, reflections
and layers of colors, faded from their original commercial jobs.
Hassell takes a more fantastic road. His giant birds -- cardinals,
mockingbirds, orioles -- remind one of Susan Kemner Reed's menacing
monsters at Wally Workman Gallery. He smooths his oils into long,
loving strokes or labors assiduously on the details of his backdrops.
Some of this is oddly banal -- especially a tropically hued scene
with palm trees and herons -- but his best works feel like significant
"Billy Hassell and Jimmy Jalapeeno" continues through June 22, Tuesday-Saturday,
11 a.m.-6 p.m. at D. Berman Gallery, 1701 Guadalupe St., 477-8877.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
d berman Gallery, 1701 Guadalupe St.
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