Hillmer shines at the Bordello
By Walter White
The well-attended “Jazz and Funk” opening was a couple of weeks ago and I swear I was in love with every piece. John’s art is so alive with birds, music, symbol and spirit. And the Bordello Galería is such a warm and cozy spot to have a show of such colorful paintings and prints.
“Jazz & Funk” paintings and prints by John Hillmer
Sat, Dec 7, 6-9pm
“Festival Eñe,” for example, is a bright red beacon above the fireplace. The large, silver-framed painting sold at the opening and it’s worth another look. That purple-black grackle blowing seafoam blue fish out of his saxophone is a bird that really enjoys his song; perhaps is truly playing his soul.
And the frames, lighting and presentation throughout are just right. Another large canvas above the main room’s yellow couch called “Urban Gardening” is brimming with joie de vivre, zapped with music and myth and yet somehow calming.
The show is punctuated with playful titles that capture the essence of the work: “Quixote Bird,” “The Global Warming Big Band,” “Buddafunk Band,” “Mexican Interdependence,” “Papaya Jazz,” “Tubarón” “Bird Paradox” — all in a terrific swirl of layered colors and loaded with life. Come be a part of the picture this Saturday.