Brooklynite Gallery is proud to present the exhibition entitled, TIME MACHINE, featuring artists DAIN, VARIOUS and GOULD, October 18 – November 15th, 2008. TIME MACHINE, the show’s title, derives from the constant comparisons being made to the current art scene and freedom of expression in present day Berlin, as compared to what was going on in New York City in the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. TIME MACHINE brings together DAIN, a native New Yorker, who seems to be very much hell-bent on reviving NYC street art back to it’s heyday, with VARIOUS and GOULD from Berlin, two artists who are prime examples of why comparisons to the two cities are even being made.
If you haven’t noticed DAIN’s bold, sexy, thought-provoking wheat-pastes plastered throughout the city, you must either have a lot on your mind or are too busy looking down at the ground for something you’ve lost. He’s everywhere! With a strong affection for the 1920’s glamour girl and their come-hither glances, to the pop culture icons of the past in classic poses, to the stark, innocent stares of children in need, DAIN creates images that are ‘moments in time’—-drawing you in from many angles. Incorporating hints of neon color that pops in just the right places, repeating shapes and figures in ways that create new ones, DAIN’s work evokes moments of style, of humor or of sympathy.
VARIOUS and GOULD sometimes conspire as a team, other times they go it alone, either way there’s always one constant variable—-brazen, affirming imagery. As part of the upcoming TIME MACHINE exhibition, VARIOUS and GOULD collaborated on a series of silkscreen, stereotyped word and portrait images they have plastered throughout the streets of Berlin called, IDENTIKITS.
Persons, places and words come together to reclassify, word associate and challenge the mind to reconsider what we ‘think’ we already know. Look closely enough and you may find your deep-set eyes, ethnic nose or cleft chin in their dead-on, stark portraits—-proving once again how we are all quite stereotypically similar in features, yet worlds apart on our opinions of what they actually symbolize.
IDENTIKITS are only part of the work that will be on display at Brooklynite; hence the name, VARIOUS
—as she thrives on constantly exploring different themes, with varying media, on changing surfaces --using distinct styles. Her main interest is to alienate or change the context—- to irritate and work with contradictions. GOULD’s paste-ups of photocopied or silk-screened drawings, photographs and collages include images of human/animal hybrids and characters with exaggerated facial expressions, as well as enclosed dictums communicating a range of ambiguous emotions. One of the main subjects he deals with is human shortcoming in all its tragicomic ways. . . So basically, DAIN is the present-day version of New York City’s past and VARIOUS and GOULD are the past versions of New York City in present day Berlin. . . Get it?