Three is the magic number by Darin Shuler
It's no secret that I've been a big fan of Darin Shuler for a while now. Barista by day, mad scientist by night. Darin's work is weird and fresh and gory and sweet all at the same time. He makes band posters and t-shirts and has done numerous things for Implied Violence (speaking of - have you donated?)
I once asked him at opening to walk me through a painting of his. He smiled and said, "This is a love story." While most folks would have read the billowing smoke as ominous, the squirting forms and deep gashes as a form of violence, Darin's take was so tender that I almost teared up. I think it honestly comes as a surprise to him that folks don't immediately see the sweetness in his work. And once you do see it, it's undeniable.
Last night, the crowd of folks gathered at Grey Gallery voted his piece, Three is the magic number, as the their favorite. Congratulations to Darin, the other nominees (Janet English and Jessie Wilson) and all the amazing artists out last night. In particular, Robert Hardgrave's Relic blew my mind.