March 11 - 6pm - morning
Group Show: "Rage Against The Machine" Curated by Jackie
Skrzynski & Robert Modafferi
Live Music: Robby Baier & Joanna Barbera
Late Night Dance Party w/ DJ Eff
against the machine
make love to it. It’s hard for most of us to come down decisively
without over-simplifying our relationship to machines and to nature.
Our romantic notions of the feral world often point out the inherent
desire to control what we worship. (Mustang horse/Mustang car)
Still, the objects of human engineering are not always intent
on hubris. Think of a brick wall--or your toilet. Their functional
humility has a certain charm.
Our idea for this project is to collect artists who take a particular
view of flora, fauna, and the objects of human engineering. Some
of these artists use cutting-edge technology to make their images.
Others use methods that are centuries old. As the work comes together,
we hope a more tempered view of what surrounds us, in all its
complexity, will emerge.
While traveling in Asia last summer, Eric Sung was able to get
a press pass to a car show. As he was photographing the cars and
the obligatory women next to them, he also captured the other
photographers. In these works, we look over the shoulder of the
models and get a sense of what it would be like to make love to
Gregory Graham’s work describes the psychological in the
every day. That may sound like a cliché, but his works
rise above the usual commentary to a very personal, terribly isolated
vision. The paintings are jewels, made with multiple glazes and
careful brushwork. Their unusual color underscores the melancholy
in the sometimes trumped up, sometimes accidental beauty of a
Ann LePore’s projection is sneaky. Look at it closely to
see where the romantic notion of a summer rainstorm butts up against
the tomfoolery Ann creates with computer manipulations. Fair Haven
reminds us that what is real is completely up for grabs. We don’t
Lydia Viscardi’s birds are positioned against old-fashion
wallpaper. The exquisitely rendered patterns of the birds’
feathers stand out against the faux-brushwork patterns in the
wallpaper. Her birds are like ghosts, haunting a wall in your
grandmother’s kitchen. They quietly allude to futility,
memory and death.
Lori Merhige runs her family’s lace factory, one of the
few left in this country. She reupholstered a LaZboy chair and
created a similar T.V. cozy to question who is really the bad
guy? Saddam Hussein? George Bush? you? me? The source of our problems
is often missed because our attention is diverted to the remedy.
So, who is the enemy? If you can’t bring yourself to kill
your TV, then consider at least tastefully covering it.
Kerry Dennehy wants to describe something “on the other
side of ugly.” His preparations for his outdoor installation
take you through his thought process developing The Crèche.
Influenced by the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard and the illustrator
Gustave Dore, Kerry combined a variety of objects (burlap, leaves,
plaster, etc.) to conjure an installation of humble beauty.
We hope you enjoy the exhibition.