Dennis Matthews and friends have taken over a spacious coffee house and are having shows there. The current show consists of fifteen different artists and is probably closing soon, because the next show opens on February 4th.
Kaylee Pickinpaugh has a weird painting in the bathroom. I like her stuff a lot, I remember seeing two of her paintings more than a year ago in a VCU student show. The painting up now is a skewed interior of some kind of disco palace-like living room, with a big round fluffy chartreuse rug on the floor and a grotesque lady-man, or manly lady, sitting in a big stuffed chair wearing a little dress and glittery ruby platform shoes, with a cat on her lap. The perspective of the disco paneled floor is all screwed up and there is a big golden gilt mirror on the back wall reflecting a twisty disco hallway. The mirror is hanging on a wall on which the wallpaper pattern seems to be drifting into the corner like jellyfish.
I googled Kaylee to try to find some of her paintings but only found her contributions to Miranda July's site. This one is from Assignment #11: Photograph a scar and write about it -
"Molly, Amy, Nina and I all got these heart brands as a symbol of our friendship. We all took turns giving them to each other. It was pretty painful, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else, but we figured that it was all about the crazy experiences we've had together, and the stupid things that we'll always laugh about. Plus now we're all super tough."
1106 West Main Street, Casablanca Coffee. Next opening is Feb 4th, First Saturday at 5 PM it's at 1106 West Main Street.