And now for something completely different
I wish I could just say thanks for the Toyroom Gallery, go see this show and leave it at that. But that would throw off the text-to-image ratio, and the editors and designers would get mad. So, I must elaborate. There are great galleries is this town, and many a fine artist. But even though Sacramento is growing into a mini-metropolis, there tends to be a sameness with similar styles of art and reappearing names. When the Toyroom opened in the alley off 24th Street, north of Second Avenue, it was truly different, being one of the only places in town consistently showing quality underground art. To keep it even fresher, the gallery is having a show this weekend titled Symptoms, a six-person exhibit featuring work from San Diego artists Mary Fleener, Charles Glaubitz, Tim McCormick, Scott Saw, Douglas Thompson and David J—the latter from English bands Bauhaus and Love and Rockets—along with guest artists Marco Almera, Bill Pierce and Damon Robinson. The work ranges in style, naturally, but is all evenly whacked and well-executed, and proves that underground art isn’t necessarily synonymous with naivete or a lack of sophistication.