Aqua 2009 was a little disappointing to those of us who loved the awesome, illustration/West Coast aesthetic of the 2008 fair. This year, Wynwood had to hold it down for the Aqua establishment, as Aqua Hotel did not take place. Leaving many of its previous participants without an affordable option for exhibiting, Aqua's quality of work fell drastically, shifting from the psychedelic to the low brow/Juxtapoz genres. Gross. Thankfully, Elenor Harwood and Michael Rosenthal galleries kept it real with some Paul Wackers paintings (@ EH's booth) and new Megan Whitmarsh pieces (@ MR). Below are pix of the good, the bad and/or the noteworthy:
A Sidney Pink over a creepy glass sculpture
This is rad, it had no label but I liked it
Old Laylah Ali piece
grossy new goth/lowbrow work
James Benjamin Franklin
Megan Whitmarsh above and three below
Ginette LaPalme above and below
Andrew Wilson. This drawing rules.
Kyle Field. I love Kyle Field, but these are not my fav.