“A totem is generally understood as an object to be revered (or representing something to be revered), which makes it an odd title for a show featuring the work of Ryan Goolsby, a Dallas-based artist who doesn’t seem to take art too seriously. I don’t mean that as an insult. The insularity of the art world is thanks in no small part to our frequent inability to have fun with what we do, which is why an artist like Goolsby should be embraced.
Totem, on view at Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, features new work by Goolsby in wood and steel, and the first indication of Goolsby’s rather playful approach to art-making greets visitors before they even enter the main gallery space. Goolsby works predominantly with wood, the leftovers of which he’s used to craft tiny tables that support colorful hand-made pots with plants; these are for sale at the gallery. It’s a miniature plant playground, and distinct from the more conceptually structured main gallery show.”
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