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Every Which Way But Loose

Remember last summer when I curated Every Which Way But Loose with QF Gallery?

From PMc Mag
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EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE

Sculpture Out of Bounds in the Hamptons

By Lori Zimmer

Summer 2013

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Our very own Lori Zimmer gave artMRKT Hamptons a splash with “Every Which Way But Loose,” a sculpture garden curated for  QF Gallery. Juxtaposed on the lawn of the Bridgehampton Historical Society, the works by artists Trong Gia Nguyen,  Nyugen Smith and Coby Kennedy looked so good- and very unHamptons. Some insight into the works:

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Trong Gia Nguyen’s Guy Debord (guillotine) is a wooden shed/outhouse whose door has a hole cut out where the visitor may insert his head. Peeking inside reveals projected video clips of Andy Warhol’s “screen tests.” The countenances of Warhol’s pals are spliced and re-embodied with disparate “bathroom tests” depicting individuals, from the shoulders down, sitting on the commode.  Looking straight down, a tilted mirror inside a large basket reflects a more dire and morbid predicament.  The basket, it seems, is there to catch the viewer’s head as he finds himself placed under the blade of a guillotine.

Coby Kennedy’s Supply And Demand vending machines are a satirical play on modern consumerism. One (red) peddles popular cliches such as Newports, boxcutters and Phillies blunts illustrating how even a bad-boy lifestyle can be marketed and sold. The other machine (green) takes on our country’s red-button issue with gun control. Both machines are intended to be blatant and sensational, abrasively highlighting the often exploitative relationship between producer and consumer.

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Nyugen Smith’s Bundle Houses are conglomerations of found objects that address survival, tragedy and crises. The make-shift shelter-sculptures evoke at once dystopian futures, present day refugees, and recent hurricane victims, seamlessly meshing these messages into impeccable and relevant sculpture. In this iteration, Smith will be a site-specific Bundle House “ConfeSHUNal.” Inside of the Bundle House structure, Smith will act as The Redeemer. Visitors will be asked to check off a list if Seven Deadly Sins, with the option to have The Redeemer take lashes for their atonement. The checklist is then slipped to Smith inside the ConfeSHUNal, and exchanged for a mixed-media drawing that Smith will create based on the sins checked within 3 minutes. If the visitor chose for The Redeemer to atone for their sins, Smith will then lash himself the requested number of times, using a whip made of leather strips bundled together. An illuminated manuscript charting the results of each ConfeSHUNal is created for all sinners to see.

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– See more at: http://pmc-mag.com/2013/07/hamptons-sculpture/?full=content#sthash.kev9DH8K.dpuf

 

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