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September 2, 1992 | LEAH OLLMAN
The pungent smell of a burning city remains in Johnny Coleman's memory, months after the violence that erupted in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King. It is this smell, this musty, mournful odor that first sobers the visitor to Coleman's new installation at the David Zapf Gallery. "Ruminations," as the installation is titled, reminds us that we are still in the smoky aftermath of those late-April events.
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September 24, 1994 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the summer, Johnny Coleman placed an ad in several California newspapers calling for stories from the railroad, from porters, redcaps and travelers. It doesn't normally work that way with Coleman--a formal solicitation inviting a specific response.
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September 24, 1994 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over the summer, Johnny Coleman placed an ad in several California newspapers calling for stories from the railroad, from porters, redcaps and travelers. It doesn't normally work that way with Coleman--a formal solicitation inviting a specific response.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 1992 | LEAH OLLMAN
The pungent smell of a burning city remains in Johnny Coleman's memory, months after the violence that erupted in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King. It is this smell, this musty, mournful odor that first sobers the visitor to Coleman's new installation at the David Zapf Gallery. "Ruminations," as the installation is titled, reminds us that we are still in the smoky aftermath of those late-April events.
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November 4, 1991 | KENNETH HERMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A younger American composer once described the late Virgil Thomson's music as "enduring, hard, and polished as the Methodist church pew upon which his forebears must have sat." Attending a performance of Thomson's opera "The Mother of Us All" adds another meaning to the "hard church pew" characterization. This tribute to suffragette leader Susan B. Anthony seen through the feminist ideology and quirky prose of librettist Gertrude Stein calls for the patience of well-practiced pew-sitting.
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February 27, 1991
Two immensely powerful installations are now on view at the Southwestern College Art Gallery (900 Otay Lakes Road) under the collective title, "Blood is Thicker." To enter each environment is to step into a living memory, a realm ripe with tenderness, pain, suffering and inspiration. Slightly dampened peat moss covers the floor of Johnny Coleman's installation, "City/Country/City: Song for David." The cushioned ground inspires slower movement, hushed actions, heightened senses.
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April 13, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN
Even at their weaker moments, shows by the Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo are impossible to dismiss. The group's annual "Border Realities" shows at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park have always exuded uncanny energy, astute awareness, anger and an ambition to change the unwieldy policies and unfortunate attitudes governing the U.S. border with Mexico.
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April 10, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN
Even at their weaker moments, shows by the Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo are impossible to dismiss. The group's annual "Border Realities" shows at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park have always exuded uncanny energy, astute awareness, anger and an ambition to change the unwieldy policies and unfortunate attitudes governing the U.S. border with Mexico.
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October 2, 1991 | LEAH OLLMAN
America's blood pressure soared to a violent high upon Iraq's recent seizure of Kuwait. And Americans continue a volatile debate over Israel's settlement of territories won in wars. But strangely, perversely, perhaps even tragically, it fails to make headlines that the Americans writing and reading such news also reside on land originally occupied by force.
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October 1, 1994 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Against a backdrop of the sleek, sterile plaza of the Centro Cultural, artist Marcos Ramirez has built and furnished a one-room shanty from scraps of wood and found bits of corrugated metal. The shanty is authentic to the last detail of a small black-and-white TV dimly illuminating the dusty, shabbily furnished interior.
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September 5, 1992 | LEAH OLLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Installation Gallery never really died, but it's been reborn again and again. Since its founding in 1981, the alternative, nonprofit gallery has dug shallow roots in several downtown spaces, shaped visions for the future under the leadership of several different directors and gone through long, stagnant periods with no visibility at all. In its latest incarnation, Installation appears fresh, alive and aware of its own limitations.
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