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Built in a period of rebellion against Victorian gimcrackery and curlicues, Shadelands bears early traces of the Arts and Crafts movement--with clinker brick fireplaces, a mission-style dining table, and more straight lines than curves.
Whatever hues this inverted Bresson of hotel rooms, potent stinks, and shadow realms used, it's as if his brush were also dipped in pure soul--which sounds like a strange and highfalutin conceit, given all the bawdy Kuchar fun, but it's exactly that unexpected soulfulness amidst the erotic (so-called) gimcrackery which makes him and his brother two of the most important artists this country has ever produced.