Laddie John Dill, Cayetano Ferrer, Michael Hunter
Michael Jon Gallery
January 31–March 7, 2015
I imagined this heap of dirt extending far down into the earth, beneath the gallery floor, as if the glass remnants were just the very tops of buried buildings, their lights still on, but dimming under the weight. This bright lights, lost city is just a fantasy, but the carpet Dill’s work sits on top of is not—Cayetano Ferrer’s installation of casino flooring remnants is frenetic, eye-popping, and constantly tread on by visitors. Installed to fit the space precisely, the geometric pieces puzzle together in a hyper jumble that brightens the cool, dystopic nature of Dill’s work and the white-cube gallery space itself.
What’s left are the walls. Michael Hunter’s twenty-five canvases feature inexact repetitions of a single tableau, drawn (in crayon) from memory each time. The tropical scene features shadowlike forms—distended palm fronds and lush flora that vary in coloration from blacks and grays, to near monochrome, to bright, contrasting yellows ands violets. The distinctly hand-colored shading can be seen even at a distance.