Monday, November 12, 2007
Bill Dunlap at Bucheon
Bill Dunlap has a well developed visual alphabet with references to the magic of triangles, demons, angels, spirits, and incantations. A number of his colorful works contain snippets of words, sort of non-sequitur phrases that, when paired with his inked and painted monsters, look like visual magical spells. Whether these spells attempt to ward off evil or invite evil to dinner is hard to decipher. Bill is probably the only one who knows for sure.
I remember seeing Bill's work at the now defunct National Product a few years ago. At that time the work was more character driven and less contextual. Bill's personal folklore reminds me of Howard Finster's work, especially when there is a juxtaposition of text and images with each occupying its own shaped cell or area within a constructed piece. It's exciting to see these constructs as well as the ink line works. Many of the works in this show are quite affordable. I bought a devil watercolor for $150 which is quite a steal.
Bill Dunlap's show runs through the end of December at the Bucheon Gallery.
389 Grove St. San Francisco CA 94102
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
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