The other day, I caught one of HBO's original Pee Wee Herman episodes, and was reminded of how awesome Gary Panter's sets and art direction were for Pee-Wee's CBS series. The colors! The flatness! The..the...funk! There's something to be said for existing in a 2-dimensional world. I won't tell you how randomly I stumbled across Brooklyn-based artist Taylor McKimmens (okay...a google image search for "trashpile" yielded this result). Taylor makes 2-dimensional assemblages out of plywood, paper, and cardboard, using paper cutouts to add to the "flat" effect. His subjects are banal middle-american images such as sandwiches, brokedick pickup trucks, andtelevisions showing suburban husbands boarding up the window in their dainties. The work drips with humor, but also with a certain sadness. If Philip Guston collided with Red Grooms, maybe this would be the result. If you're in the New York, be sure to check out his show this year at the Clementine Gallery!