By Victoria Dalkey
Bee Art Correspondent
(Published September 24, 2000)
"Generations II" is a charming show of works by prominent artists and their relatives. I wouldn't say the families of artists are more talented than others, but they are clearly more willing to dive art-making a try.
Some of the most delightful works in the show are by young children. Nicholas Bult offers the kind of wonderfully odd self-portrait only a child can do, and Will Brady give us dragons and castles, cats and dogs, soldiers and goodness knows what else in a lively and imaginative drawing done on butcher paper. Alex Bult presents a watercolor of Monet's garden, and Jamie Morgan Johnson offers a surprisingly sophisticated image of wraithlike figures and kissing fish on an aquamarine background.
Some of the older kids aren't bad either. Jimbei Suzuki gives us a strange robotic mannequin with a Lucite head filled with watch faces. Joel Walburg, who studied fasion design, offers an elegantly simple two-piece outfit made of cotton, denim, silk, satin and organza. Jason Odgen presents a sensitive and painterly self-portrait, and Brennan Odgen shows a well-done comic illustration of sprots fans.
There are also strong works in the show by Matt Bult, Bob Brady, Melinda Johnson, Jimi Suzuki, Gerald Walburg, Jack Ogden and other well-known artists. part two of "Generations II," which opens Oct. 24, will include works by Gordon Cook Robert Bechtle, Mel Ramos, Nathan Oliveria, Jerald Silvs and William Wiley, among others, alongside pieces by their significant others.