ROUND-UP November 14-December 13, 2019

"Sue Coe’s Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (1997) is startling and almost gothic in construction, steeped in a sense of foreboding and dread. A poster of a splayed dead goat, its sliced-open belly facing us, dominates the scene, welcoming us into a darkened room of macabre terrors and animal slaughter...."
"The Emporium of Popular Culture is the mid-1900s vintage treasure trove from beyond your wildest dreams. It’s part knickknacks and furnishings, part art gallery and music venue, all lovingly arranged and curated and well-maintained. Owner Hill describes himself as a lifelong collector: 'When I was young […] I’d find discarded items that I thought were cool and would drag them home and clean them up. I built collections of things that I could afford – baseball cards, beer cans, stamps[…] I used to ask friends and relatives if I could look through their basements and attics for stuff. I began to develop an affinity for things that told a story or had historical/cultural significance.'"
"Kurth-Sofer envisions two types of viewers as the ideal audience for these darkly humorous images. She sees “a Jew who gets it” — a fellow Yid who can appreciate her Jewish jokes, who understands the context and significance and playfulness of the experiences depicted in each meticulously-rendered panel. But she hopes her work also affects, as she puts it, a “non-Jew next to them” — a gentile who might be confused by the specificity of the content, who maybe doesn’t personally know many Jewish people, but who can still appreciate the aesthetics, the intricate detail of line and form Kurth-Sofer puts in every work. Either way, she says, “I want them to think it’s funny.”"