Critics’ Picks

Ed Wilcox, page from Elephants' Graveyard, 2002.

New York

Ed Wilcox and Dearraindrop

Little Cakes Little Gallery
240 East 4th Street, 1D
August 4–August 31

Ed Wilcox is a man of some cult renown—chiefly in his capacity as front man for the space-metal band Temple of Bon Matin—and many talents. At Cheery Acres, his home in the Pennsylvania woods, he writes music, paints, sculpts, and creates addled, visionary comic books: Elephants’ Graveyard, 2002, is a fragmented narrative that might be described, in high-concept shorthand, as Babar meets Henry Darger. The thirty illustrations from Elephants’ Graveyard on view at this new East Village gallery (along with a group of Wilcox’s woodcut prints and two sculptures) look like Mogul miniatures that have been rudely deranged by a host of non-Eastern influences, from ornate neoclassicism to exploding psychedelia. Wilcox’s penchant for collaged bits of pop-culture flotsam, his promiscuous blending of outmoded styles, and his shambling, DIY sensibility all seem up-to-the-minute, though he’s been laboring in pseudo-obscurity for years. Dearraindrop is here too, with their trademark Night Flight–redux videos and metastasizing wall assemblages. Their presence underscores Wilcox's status as a viable candidate for éminence grise of postmedium, postprovincial postpunks everywhere.