It’s been an ongoing trend for many young artists to make art that collapses together myriad subjects, histories and methodologies. There’s a deftness (perhaps bordering on glibness at times) and unwavering honesty that permeates this particular generation’s way of exploring the growing weirdness of contemporary culture. These are artists who grew up with the internet at their disposal, cellphones in their pockets, and big box stores on every corner; for them, making art is about finding the personal in the truly ubiquitous. Case in point, two of the region’s best emerging artists each have new exhibitions stemming from personal experiences swathed in layers of art history, pop culture, critical theory and mythologies. Iva Kinnaird’s “A Two Page Paper on Impasse” (The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Ave., through Mar. 24) is a humorous look at the oft-Sisyphean routine of art-making, while
Benjamin Terry’s “Limerick” (Ro2 Art, 1501 S. Ervay, through March 17) spins a childhood grudge into a rumination on poetry and space.
Limerick by Benjamin Terry