By Nate Dorr
Street artist Judith Supine, known for greenish Ernst-like collaged figures, large-scale stunts (see Gothamist), and inspiring amusingly mixed reactions (see the comments on the Gothamist article), just had what I believe to be his first solo show. “Dirt Mansion”, which opened last week at Bushwick’s English Kills gallery, was the sort of show that could have gone either way. Street art is street art — prone to looking somewhat static and dull when placed in a well-lit frame on a white wall. How to get around this potential stumbling block? All-out gonzo installation work, lurid blacklights, 3-D cut-outs, weird little sculpted additions or houses and fish ponds. The overall effect, not done justice here, was quite impressive.
Bonus: Selected additional street art/graffiti seen “in the wild” near the show and along railroad tracks in the vicinity of Middle Village, Queens.