Where: 1517 19th Street, (916) 443-9900, www.axisgallery.org.
Artist’s reception: Thursday, February 7; 6 to 8 p.m.
Second Saturday reception: February 9, 6 to 9 p.m. Through February 24.
Hours: Saturday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; or by appointment.
The public’s fascination with celebrities is bizarre: Why should anyone care what an attention-starved, callipygous wannabe starlet does? And “I like big butts and I cannot lie” is not a suitable answer.
Such varying degrees of interest in those with fame—voyeurism, vicariousness, idolization, stalking—is what artist Justin Marsh explores in his solo exhibition at Axis Gallery, Countless Tongues and Ears. Marsh investigates the concept of the glamorous entertainer as the embodiment of ordinary folks’ ideals and how it plays into “defining the structure of failure.”