An eye informed by the future might see in Kline's work of 1946 the stirrings of enough promise to warrant pasting a leaf with his name onto the tree, though it would almost certainly have had to fit somewhere on the doomed, impure, sagging right branch, as figurative and illustrational
The trick is to avoid a formulaic or illustrational
discourse where each artist is given an explanatory paragraph of equal word-length with a generalized summation at the conclusion.
Everything from the thin, feathery application of paint, to Ethier's fetid palette, slacker subjects, head-shop illustrational
style, and high-varnish finish announces his desire to test the limits and elasticity of his viewers' taste.
Not so long ago, Amy Cutler's drawings would have been unlikely to appear in an art gallery, at least one that called itself contemporary; they would have been classified as illustrational
and she would have been told to find a good children's-book publisher.
For all their imagistic quality, however, one of the most compelling aspects of Gober's sculptural objects, beginning with his "dollhouses," is their confounding facticity--not just the sinks, but the cribs and drains and armchairs and footstools; the uncanny bags and boxes of cat litter, rat poison, and enormous farina; the clammy, hairy legs, socked and shoed or candlelit like the branch of a Christmas tree; even the weirdly illustrational
One wonders what happened to the feminist legacy of Catherine de Zegher's widely admired 1996 show "Inside the Visible" at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art: That exhibition made clear that feminist art practices could be aesthetically challenging rather than merely illustrational
, in addition to having more positive and productive things to say about women and concepts of the "feminine.
In her current survey exhibition, curated by Philippe Vergne at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, there are numerous loosely organized groups of these, some deploying black-paper silhouettes across atmospherically painted fields, others eschewing the silhouette entirely in favor of collage or more illustrational
rendering, often interspersed with elements of language.
As he once said in an interview with David Sylvester, "An illustrational
form tells you through the intelligence immediately what the form is about, whereas a non-illustrational
form works first upon sensation and then slowly leaks back into the fact.
The central mechanism of this operation might be understood by considering a quotation from Rainer, who herself has consistently refused a merely illustrational
approach in her explorations of the dance-visual art nexus.