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Jud Bergeron: “Becoming” /  Scott Patt: “Mumbo Jumbo”

Tucked away on the third floor of the Flatiron Building at 1 Sutter Street, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is not a gallery you’ll discover on a casual downtown stroll; all the more my enthusiasm in reporting two concurrent solo  shows well worth a visit.  The latest works of Judd Bergeron and Scott Patt are on exhibit through October 31st.

Jud Bergeron: Becoming /  Scott Patt: Mumbo Jumbo

My Pal Foot Foot

Jud Bergeron’s “Becoming” examines the parent/child dynamic from both sides. Wall mounted pieces suggest existential childhood moments spent searching for understanding in our breakfast cereal, as candy marshmallow shapes poke through the surface and hint at deeper meanings below. The centerpieces of the show take a more grown-up viewpoint. “Quack Quack” literally explodes in parental panic, and the sudden realization of the magnitude of irreversible responsibility. “My Pal Foot Foot” (the name of a curious 1969 song by The Shaggs) questions our assumptions about the uniqueness of babies as well as our perceptions of them as individuals. Both of these works are the result of successful Kickstarter fund-raising campaigns.

It’s Good For Your Soul

It’s Good For Your Soul

From Helipigs and Bunnybombs to surfboard hexes and gold-footed rabbits, Scott Patt has always found inspiration in the never ending stream of conscious that pervades and defines American culture.  His latest “Mumbo Jumbo” paintings take it a step farther, and distill that imagery down to an almost hieroglyphic language that somehow preserves its meaning even though we cannot easily decipher it. Titles echo the pseudo-sincere reassurance of advertising language in “It’s Better Than OK” and “The Best you Ever.”  Slick surfaces and attractive colors give them a friendly appearance, but perhaps remind us that what is seductively packaged can be misleading. Should we investigate their underlying messages, or just enjoy the pretty pictures? Either way, there’s much to consider.

On exhibit September 13th – October 31st