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Kevin Sullivan

Sue Spaid Fine Art

In Kevin Sullivan’s show of simple paintings, silly poems, and objects that would not be out of place on a Hollywood set, the sleep of reason yields mild amusement rather than horrifying nightmares or dramatic disruptions of meaning. Titled “E. Krökus Crock,” this exhibition by the young, L.A.–based artist drew more from comic strips and kitsch than from Surrealism. Although concerned with chance encounters, random events, strange correlations, and the limits of rationality, Sullivan’s art nowhere shares Surrealism’s obsession with sexuality and the unconscious. His light-handed but hardly superficial works stick to the surfaces of things not because they’re incapable of plumbing their depths, but because the sort of meaning they pursue does not need to be dug up, laboriously reconstructed, or carefully pieced together to fill in some fictitious picture of a traumatic primal scene. Sullivan’s

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