Friday, August 1, 2008

Absolutely Venomous - Accurately Fallacious

Deitch Projects recent exhibition, Absolutely Venomous - Accurately Fallacious - Naturally Delicious, at its Long Island City location, travels into a realm of hyper pop color explosion. The walls strewn with collected plywood pasted wallpaper and cutouts of Amanda Lepour-like plastic surgery fem god nationals. Assume Vivid Astro Focus seems more interested in filling up the space rather than having a well grounded exhibition. In the center a giant tranny laying through the facade of a Brooklyn house with neon wire signs of orgasms and explosions. The result of the show is a gen- y culture raised on the franks and beans of Pee Wee's playhouse.

One can interpret the show as a collection of a over stimulated culture that has developed its own seemly revolutionary ideals of a counter culture. In their artists statement they comment on the changes and gentrification of Brooklyn, and propose to correct this, or make everyone aware of it by "destruction and reconstruction through dance and devotion". Their intention is good, but what they are ultimately doing is adding to the gentrification, through attracting hipsters to new spaces like the one Deitch Projects is opened. This is funny in a sense because they are the ones gentrifying the area, which works against their original intention.

What they are successful at is taking the old remnants of Brooklyn housing and rebuilding it into a new hyper sensory Brooklyn house. The only setback is this is devoid of critical analysis on the topic at hand. The work and show become a site that is infatuated with hipster culture and fashion. AVAF's artists statement should have been about art mimicking fashion, as opposed to fashion mimicking art. Other statements that could have been suitable like the countercultures role in society, and the constant wash of fashions/changes intermingled with "the new" counterculture. The point is they did not achieve what they intended in their artists statement. In fact I'd be happier if there wasn't one around on the table.

Just to step off topic for a moment, true Hipsters seem to be a forced culture of attitude that wants to be beautiful and barbaric at the same time. What defines this behavior is possessing the characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive savagery but less sophisticated than advanced civilization. Sadly most hipsters mark themselves with clique exclusivity, this also working against their bizarre unsophisticated self-imposed behavior.

Getting back to the exhibition, AVAF's inaction is almost comical. In all of it's explosiveness of dance and devotion one only supplicates themselves to dancing and devoting to an unrefined goal or objective. Ultimately was no reconstruction and ended up as a disco, dwelling in a realm of the superficial. Other then that it was the best dance party I've ever been to.

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