March First Friday 2k16

[ORIGINALLY WRITTEN MARCH 2016]

Here’s your update on the latest exhibits:

“New Year” byAdam Shecter at 1708

There was on one wall, this looped video of what seemed to be animated jellyfish. 

On another wall there was a neon animated video of a kooky arcade. But the main event was his ~30 minute long film, New Year. It was cartoony and comic-like with sci-fi vibes. It follows characters A and J in separate scenes that bleed into each other like a vivid dream.

It was entrancing. Visually stunning and super relaxing. I couldn’t look away. It was so calming, that I was noticeably more relaxed after viewing it. It was like dreaming.

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The film is chronological, it is supposed to pass over the time of a year. It features a robot parade, a movie theater that may or may not exist, dogs racing in a meadow of tall grass, a space shuttle, and a motorbike riding over a bridge.

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“Nutrisystem” by Jimmy Trotter at Ada Gallery

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This isn’t the first time Trotter’s pop culture saturated work has been featured at Ada. I absolutely love his fun and chaotic works. They feature bright, cartoony drawings that bring back memories of Saturday morning cartoons.

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A lot of these kooky cartoons are paired with some inappropriate messages scrawled in pen. The piece above has cartoons paired with text like “lubricants” and “if heaven was a pharmacy.”

This may be a stretch, but it seems to me that the theme of this exhibit is subliminal messages in the media and how susceptible children are to them. Even the title,Nutrisystem, refers to an infomercial.

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In edition to the drawings, there was also pieces made from found objects.

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I really like this one, because you can derive a lot of symbolism in it. It s supposed to be a Christmas tree, and the base is surrounded by a white picket fence, and sports-related objects. A plastic tower of American culture. Or at least traditional white Christian American culture.

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It’s even topped with a Nixon mask. Don’t forget the pretend money. I feel like this connects to the theme of television being fake and having subliminal messages. Politicians often use flashy imagery of the all-American, picket fence, Christian, sports-loving person to appeal to the public. Their political ads will feature them playing catch with their kids in the front yard.

They’re just like you! They care about what YOU care about! But all that flashy talk, all those images of pure American suburbia, it’s just a mask.

Is that a stretch? I blame IB English class.

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There were also these creepy little statues that had glitter all over their eyes. Does it represent how television blinds and brainwashes children?!

Whatever meaning you get out of this exhibit, it is a ton of fun.

“Subject to Change” at Candela Books and Gallery

“The notion of objects having a soul is an old one and is perhaps a bit romantic. But the intangible presence which objects possess is nearly inarguable. Imperfections can signal appreciation or neglect, unusual provenance, or even historical import. Just how does an artist respond to a given object–with emotion or with intellect or with intuition?” (Candela)

These are the ideas examined in this exhibition.

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These vintage photos printed by Kris Sanford, feature different same sex couples.

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“Forget–Me–Knot” by Lisa Kokin, a sewn found photo collage.

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“1979″ by Tarrah Krajnak

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3-D vintage photo encaustics on birch panel by Rachel Phillips. There were 3-D glasses provided. Pretty cool!

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And, of course CMYK: Arrangements by Randy Toy at Quirk Gallery

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