New York

Arch Connelly

Charles Cowles Gallery

In these one-man shows, Arch Connelly placed his underground, nearly cultish work in the context and history of established galleries that have been receptive to art that has pioneered mannerisms of “bad taste.” Since his first shows, at Artists Space in 1980 and Fun Gallery in 1981, Connelly has been perceived as a particularly “out there” craftsman of New Wave glitz, as well as, perhaps, the heir apparent of a more entrenched high-camp style in American art. His relation to kitsch is rooted in an esthetic rebellion against the authoritarianism of “high art.” However, Connelly’s style of indulgence in his paintings, sculptures, and gouaches is trademark. It is his vision. Recognizable features of his oeuvre include heavy encrustations of faux pearls and gems or pennies and renditions of a rocky, sunset-streaked mountainscape. The gawdy fake jewelry he salvages, from bracelets to necklaces

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