'Very Providencey'

By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2014

VIVID PATTERNS Marro's quilt tent.

Xander Marro, who co-founded Dirt Palace in 2000, has set up a box-like tent of quilts. The piece on one end is covered with soft spikes; one on the other end has pockets filled with toys and cards and various detritus. One side has an appliqué pattern depicting a lady’s legs revealed behind a rising curtain. Step inside, sit on an old sofa or bench, and watch an abstract experimental film. The camera jitters and zooms in and out on the patterns of fabric used in the tent’s quilts. The tent’s rectangle shape feels too simple (maybe try a castle tent?), but it’s psychedelic granny art that suggests that eye-poppingly vivid patterns are what quilts have been about all along.

Kevin Hooyman invites us into dream worlds rendered in muddy paints and astonishingly elaborate pen drawings. They’re part art freak comics, part folk art along the lines of the 19th-century painter Edward Hicks’s Peaceable Kingdom scenes of lions lying down with lambs. Hooyman paints demons, yetis, Adam and Eve, blimps, space-mobiles, a guy walking a dog. And he infuses it all with shy, penetrating meditations on everyday worries, with a craving wisdom, a desire to commune with nature, and a need for the soul to feel at home.

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