San Francisco

“Art Grant Turns the Tables”

Green Gallery

“Art Grant Turns the Tables” is the title of this exhibition in which table tops are deeply carved into whorls of textural pattern and hung on the wall. The turned table legs have been carved and sawed into comic totem poles. Every naughty schoolboy knows the joys of desk carving, and Art Grant's efforts are in somewhat the same prankish mode. The dowel is still sticking out, but has taken on the significance of a nose by virtue of the Halloween mouth beneath. The Grand Rapids varnish is still untransformed (“The plain varnished truth.”), so no one forgets it was a table. If the original table had been more precious, the rude vandalizing might have been a more explicit pun.

Knute Stiles