written by David Rohn

Check out these scull pantings by Judy Cotton at I R L Institute in Little River
Really straightforward and visceral in an inevitable and personal way…..maybe thinking has just become tooooooo tiresome and it s time to just FEEEEEL something!
….Death, irony, play …….death……yuk-yuk….I dunno; I just feel ya.
These small canvasses seem focused on terminality in a way that co-opts ‘contemporary’, and flat-lines history.
Normally paintings of creepy sculls wouldn’t t interest (this observer) at the moment, if only because their not-so-long-ago disappearance as a fashion reference has finally worn out.
But these are so irresistibly vital; as if there were hundreds the artist was compelled to create over some period, and that we re only seeing a distilled selection of the best ones.
Or maybe gleeful decay, emblems of a weird sardonic endgame, strikes the right chord now.
Back in the ’80’s, David Byrne sang ‘Stop making sense’ …is that it?
If you get a chance they’re at IRL Institute along with some other shards of her work over a few other periods…

-there s also a Gallery Talk with the Artist and Lowery Sims on Saturday Feb 4 at 1pm 8395 NE Second Avenue Miami 33138