Curated by Scott Hug
Andrew Edlin Gallery is pleased to present Out of Order, a group show organized by artist Scott Hug, founder of K48 magazine. Dealing with themes of disarrangement, mysticism and internal logic the exhibit features works by a diverse group of 33 contemporary artists.
If order comes out of chaos, what comes out of order? Sometimes the most direct way to proceed in a world that seems to be falling apart is to just go on your gut instincts – picking up the pieces here and there. The artists selected for Out of Order take a similar approach: a subversion of order, chance, sometimes brute, never posturing or overtly academic.
Brian Belott mines thrift stores for discarded junk – children’s books, found photos, etc – cuts them up and collages them creating violent acts of beautiful chaos. Amy Yao’s simple geometric configurations of stained wooden dowel rods with dyed human hair conjure up Native American healers. Ryan Trecartin constructs complex layered narratives in his digitally absurd film, Tommy Chat Just E-mailed Me, exploring our internet narcissism, ADD, and growing up on social networking technologies. Tabboo’s six foot painting of Diana Vreeland who’s famous quote, “I always wear my sweater backwards, it’s much more flattering!” is definitely in vogue here. Larissa Bates paints male wrestlers zapped like video games into historical landscape paintings—their erotic embraces seeming less environmentally threatening and more in tune with the serenity of Mother Nature.
These artists take a considered look at our world in turmoil and through their unique visions try to reveal certain truths, multifaceted, stretching boundaries while maintaining a sense of surprise and mystery – they are seriously having fun.
– Scott Hug
Order of play There is also and always Toward great moved wrinkle disorder
Falling apart at the seams Gut instincts, an internal logic In the scope of our PC brains
We The world is to us shadow Strange shutter Mind blanketed
Subversion of order, chance, Strands of the hair Backwards sweater Shattered sunglasses
Super Collider Asperger’s syndrome Smashed self Un- Aware
Precariousness is the new order Beyond politics Flower prick A dismantling of the ego
Naturally pick up the leftovers, Cut them The double up, and reassemble
The most uncertain way to proceed Stamps and cats Sinking ships, scripted vases
Primal is therapy with repair Information hungry, chopped, twisted And sometimes dysfunctional Surfing on the clashing waves of confusion
Hackworth Ashley Hrafnhildur Arnardottir Larissa Bates Brian Belott BOBO Paul Brainard Matt Bua Jeff Davis Lucky DeBellevue Jake Ewert Ry Fyan Amy Gartrell Andrew Guenther Jonathan Hartshorn Nancy de Holl Shaun Kessler Anne Koch Scooter Laforge Justin Lieberman Ryan Lucero Michael Mahalchick Keith Mayerson Billy Miller Annie Pearlman Asher Penn Tyson Reeder Jacob Robichaux Society for the Advancement of Inflammatory Consciousness David Benjamin Sherry Ryan Trecartin Tabboo! Jan Wandrag Amy Yao