No “bad art” to be seen in the Duxbury Art Association “Winter Juried Show!” Juried art exhibitions are a visual treat because of the diversity of topics, media and surprises. American artists, both professional and amateur, are exceptionally skilled due to the high quality of art classes offered by schools, museums, art associations and private teachers. The 85 artworks, selected from among 600, are exemplars of this high quality. Once again, curator Craig Bloodgood has installed the diverse works in a pleasing pattern at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Decayed, decrepit, rusted-out automobiles in Ken Tighe’s oil painting, “Alchemy,” along with paint-peeling signs for motels and gas, depict an evil of our overconsuming society. Fully deserving the “Best in Show” award, Tighe meticulously paints every hubcap, flat tire and dusty windshield of old cars piled one on top of the other. Floating in an imaginary cloud above the rusty hulks is a burst of graffiti-style graphics in indecipherable script. The stylish scrawl seems to offer us hope for a better future, beyond the rust and decay of our throwaway culture.