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Disorderly Conduct

Larissa Goldston Gallery
551 West 21st Street, 212-206-7887
July 7 - August 5, 2011
Reception: Thursday, July 7, 6 - 8 PM
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Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Disorderly Conduct. The exhibition includes work by Thomas Brouillette, Mark Fox, Orly Genger, Joey Kötting, David Rathman, Erica Svec and Whitney Van Nes. The exhibition will be on view from July 7 – August 5, 2011.

Disorderly Conduct draws on work that explores aggressive themes from petty to severe; intimations of litter and trespassing are juxtaposed against references to violence, rape and war.

Thomas Brouillette’s drawings are renderings of rape scenes taken from film stills. The subtle monochromatic execution of Disgrace, The Virgin Spring, and Last Tango belie the violence and aggressiveness of the subject matter.

Untitled (The New Advent) by Mark Fox is a recreation of a chain link fence created from cut paper. The use of material suggests the ephemeral and arbitrary divisions of borders and territory. Fox’s dual video collaboration with Ryan Kelly, Black and Light, is a reinterpretation of prison footage, in which guards unsuccessfully try to gain access to a cell in order to prevent the murder of an inmate.

Orly Genger’s Grease, uses thick black lines creating a strong monochromatic picture depicting images of writhing limbs and muscles appropriated from comic books. The work’s title references the global need for oil and the conflict that ensues.

Joey Kötting’s photo-collage is a brutally clear depiction of a disfigured face with cuts and bruises. The title, “help!” is perfectly suited for an image that shows the subject so beaten and defenseless that he seemingly needs saving. HnSnSn is a video diptych of the artist wrapping his ears, eyes and mouth with duct tape, and after blindly photographing himself the tape is ripped free. The heartbeat-like rhythm of the oscillating frames brings to mind videos of torture and abuse.

David Rathman’s Look what sincerity will get you and I’ve got a few more things to confess depict a tank and a naval ship ominously silhouetted against their backgrounds. The addition of the titular text provides a second layer for interpretation, vacillating between humorous and stoic.

Eyes & Thighs by Erica Svec addresses issues of over-consumption and environmental crises. The painting shows a person slipping into a puddle of excess tar and the disaster this unprovoked offensive attack leaves on the surrounding environment after the initial contact.

Whitney Van Nes’s Stain, depicts a woman urinating in ambiguous space. The act is one of aggression and possession—one of marking territory.
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