Exhibition

SUPER FREAKS PART II: ODYSSEY

Greene Naftali, New York

Press Release

For immediate release:

SUPER FREAKS - POST POP & THE NEW GENERATION

PART I: TRASH PART II: ODYSSEY

2/7-3/15 3/21-4/18

Opens Saturday, February 7th 6-8 PM Opens Saturday, March 21st 6-8 PM

This exhibition gathers together a group of artists who investigate pop culture with an aggressive and often euphoric attitude. Pop icons, modes of production, systems of representation and market strategies are subverted and embraced with an explosive and critical character. From Michael Jackson to late night humor, the pop media is ripe with material for artists to manipulate; super models, MTV, network television, comics, tattoos, advertisements, Hollywood, tabloids, sports, techno and rock are easy targets. The form of the work is just as diverse as the subject matter and often mirrors the source. The exhibitions will include video, photography, drawing, magazines, books, posters, commercial display, performance, installation and sculpture.

TRASH & ODYSSEY reflect the stylistic orientation of the artists and divide the exhibition into two parts. The artists in TRASH slum for their subjects in work characterized by collage, comics, psychadelia, hallucination, pornography, desperation and black humor. The aesthetic is littered freely with street and sexual references. The artists in ODYSSEY are the product of a digital culture and explore the psychological and technical frontiers of a current visual territory. The work carries a utopian promise but also promotes isolation, alienation, and abstraction. Digital images, computer tools and corporate systems mark the work of these artists. The fleshy raunchy character of TRASH is supplanted by the cool, clean aura of ODYSSEY. Although different postures are taken, the exhibitions register a cross referencing of discursive possibilities, from feminist and political concerns to Warholism and, of course, the requisite sheer fandom.

TRASH ODYSSEY

Fiona Banner Dike Blair

Stacy Greene Yvette Brackman

Simon Grennan & Christopher Sperandio Robert Davies

Hanayo Laura Emrick

Rachel Harrison Richard Hamilton

Jonathan Horowitz Scott Hug

Cameron Jamie Craig Kalpakjian

Karen Kilimnik Julian LaVerdiere

Alix Stewart Lambert Adam McEwen

Josephine Meckseper - FAT Jeff Nelson

Chris Moore Daniel Pflumm

Rob Pruitt Blake Rayne

Guy Richards Smit Gerwald Rockenschaub

Daniela Rossell Ruth Root

Pieter Schoolwerth Marina Rosenfeld

Michael Smith & Joshua White w/ Karen Heimann Dirk Westphal

Piotr Uklanski Erwin Wurm

Elizabeth Wright

Thomas Zummer

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