Featuring: 2×4 Mark Borthwick Boudicca Patty Chang Elizabeth Demaray Via Lewandowsky Maria Marshall Libby McInnis Ivan Navarro Lucy Orta Jean Shin Sissel Tolaas Roberto Visani Cheryl Yun
Curated by Euridice Arratia and Elizabeth Beer.
This exhibit points to the pervasiveness of fear in our culture and its richness for metaphorical play, while engaging with issues of refuge and protection. In works that range in media from photography, textiles, and sculpture, to performance and video, these artists explore the intersection of fashion, architecture, performance and social activism.
The exhibition features Jean Shinâ€™s site-specific mural made of military uniforms; Elizabeth Demarayâ€™s photographs and video of her installation â€œThe Nike Missile Cozy Project,â€ where she upholstered a Nikeâ€“Hercules nuclear warhead with eighty-eight yards of quilted satin, thus creating a â€œcozyâ€ style for the warhead; Lucy Ortaâ€™s â€œRefuge Wear,â€ a portable habitat catering for minimum personal comfort and mobility for the inhabitant; and Maria Marshallâ€™s â€œThe Emperor and his Clothes,â€ a video that takes as a point of departure George Bushâ€™s speech giving Sadaam Hussein, ‘48 Hours to leave Iraq’. Ivan Navarro presents his radiant â€œWhite Electric Chair,â€ a sculpture of both formal beauty and frightening overtones, while Patty Chang premieres â€œFan Dance,â€ a mesmerizing video performance where the artistâ€™s body is violently transformed into a colorful canvas.
Sissel Tolaas continues his investigation of the relationship between smell and language with three fragrances reminiscent of human fear. Libby McInnis and Cheryl Yun have created works that simultaneously mirror and subvert fashion and consumer culture. Geared for the fashion conscious wearer who is politically astute and prepared for high alert states of emergency, Libby McInnis has designed a series of glass pendants enclosing employments of survival. The â€œCheryl Yun Collection: Lingerie and Bathingsuitsâ€ is delicately crafted out of Japanese tissue and intricately patterned with nails, nuts, and bolts. The beauty and fragile nature of the object contrasts with the volatility and aggressiveness of the â€œshrapnel.â€
Fear Gear also features the works of artists Mark Borthwick, Via Lewandowsky, Roberto Visani and the fashion collective Boudicca.
Highlighting the multidisciplinary spirit of the exhibition, the curators have invited the graphic design collective 2×4 to make a contribution to the show. 2×4 produced a new kind of symbolic shield. In the words of the design collective, â€œour special â€˜New World Order Wallpaperâ€™ draws on all the power of familiar devices: the national flag, the Coat of Arms, the Heraldic Shield. But our protective device draws so widely and displays such a chaotic array of symbols, icons and references, it confuses even the most determined aggressor. Are you with us or against us? Who can say?â€