This month’s frozen opening at the Late Show gallery (1600 Cherry, 816-474-1300) was so sparsely attended that owner Tom Deatherage lost his temper. “It was so goddamn cold. I was mad as hell,” he says. “I finally just went to bed.” The current exhibits, Ryan Drake’s Saints of Capitalism and an untitled series of new works by painter Adolfo Martinez, languished in the winter chill, but not for a lack of imagination. “Ryan’s paintings are corporate and financial people, like Ben Bernanke, Henry Paulson, Rupert Murdoch — there’s a great portrait of Alan Greenspan with Paris Hilton, in a state of undress, on his lap. There’s a big Ronald McDonald painting done in a Hindu painting style, and he’s being humped by the Hamburglar.” Although mascot humping is not a well-known feature of Hindu art, Drake’s series of portraits is accomplished satire. Martinez’s “sofa paintings” — literally large-scale canvases depicting themed sofas — reflect the heritage and symbolic iconography of Latin American art. His work has been collected by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and one of his themed sofas served as an Urban Culture Project window installation at City Center Square last October. The show continues through the month with a free closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. January 30.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 8. Continues through Jan. 24, 2010