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2001 Stories by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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  • Repro Man

    published December 20, 2001

    Something about The New Yankee Workshop on HGTV makes me want to stick my head in a drill press. Norm Abram (of This Old House fame)... More >>

  • The Artist's Life

    published November 22, 2001

    Before he embarks upon an installation, Tierney Malone watches Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, the documentary about the... More >>

  • Fashion Forward

    published November 1, 2001

    There were naked people (sort of) at the opening of "Fashionistas" at Poissant Gallery. Curated by Catherine D. Anspon, the show features... More >>

  • Shiny, Happy People

    published October 25, 2001

    The last time I saw this many pastels was at an Arkansas bridal shower. Patricia Hernandez's new paintings have the sugary colors and matte... More >>

  • High-Tech Spectacle

    published October 18, 2001

    If there was a downside to the fall of the Soviet Union, it was the loss of spectacle -- no more monumental heads of Lenin or towering figures ... More >>

  • A Day in the Life

    published October 11, 2001

    The accoutrements of daily life are the most fascinating and revealing discoveries of an ancient civilization. Knowing how people spent their... More >>

  • Image Versus Reality

    published September 27, 2001

    Written the week prior to September 11, this review, in a peculiar blend of bad timing and understatement, began: "In case you haven't heard,... More >>

  • Oh, Yoko!

    published August 30, 2001

    An exhibition of work by the widow of John Lennon" is how KUHF-FM led into its report on Yoko Ono's retrospective, "YES YOKO ONO," at the... More >>

  • The Not-So-Great Outdoors

    published August 16, 2001

    Most of us profess to love nature, although few of us have any sustained, unprotected contact with it. During the Song dynasty, Chinese scholars... More >>

  • West Coast Cool

    published July 19, 2001

    A couple hundred crappy jobs ago, yours truly waited tables in Dallas with a former flight attendant who told Southwest Airlines stories while we... More >>

  • Applying a Heavy Wash

    published June 28, 2001

    After nonstop flood coverage featuring drenched reporters in waders (God help us if we ever see Wayne Dolcefino in anything that clingy again),... More >>

  • Blurring the Lines

    published June 14, 2001

    For those of us with extreme myopia, the photographic work of Uta Barth strikes a familiar chord. "Blurry" is probably the most overused adjective... More >>

  • Blue Mood

    published May 31, 2001

    No one's home, but the door's wide open. You walk into a tiny living room furnished with two worn chairs. A stack of magazines spills from under... More >>

  • Making Wookie

    published May 17, 2001

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… the brave Jedi master Yoda had his flesh viciously torn asunder. Well, okay, it actually happened... More >>

  • Beyond the Black Experience

    published May 3, 2001

    Choosing art as a career comes with certain risks. The financial and psychological ones have been well documented, romanticized and even demonized... More >>

  • Letter Bombs

    published April 26, 2001

    Mailing a letter is a fairly mundane act, but one that will become increasingly nostalgic as on-line bill-paying and digital communication take... More >>

  • Group Mentality

    published April 12, 2001

    The idea of a crowd can conjure up visceral memories. One of the most unpleasant 45 minutes of my life was spent on a Russian tram so crowded I... More >>

  • Office Max

    published March 29, 2001

    There is a great scene in Mike Judge's film Office Space in which a trio of oppressed suburban computer programmers strikes back at an... More >>

  • About Face

    published March 8, 2001

    People with snub noses are vain, untruthful, unstable, unfaithful and seducers." So wrote Barthélemy Coclès in his 1533 treatise... More >>

  • Southern Living

    published February 15, 2001

    There's no place like home -- at least no place like this home. James Gallery is a converted house that, for its current exhibition, has... More >>

  • No Artificial Flavors

    published February 8, 2001

    Garden Ridge is the indisputable Inner Circle of Hell. Go there on a Saturday: Your eyes will sting from the tear-gas effect of vast quantities of... More >>

  • Roadside Attractions

    published January 25, 2001

    Once an artist makes the fateful decision to work with found objects, he is doomed -- doomed to a studio filled with crap, doomed to consider... More >>

  • Connect the Dots

    published January 18, 2001

    Apparently some people like geometry. Marco Villegas is one of them. His exhibition at Lawndale Art Center, "Flat latex paint on raw stretched... More >>

  • Product Placement

    published January 4, 2001

    Every day you feed yourself, groom yourself and maintain your possessions with the contents of plastic containers -- your shampoo bottle, stick of... More >>

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