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Hook Up

Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street, 212-331-8888
July 20 - August 19, 2006
Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6 - 8 PM
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Each artist is known for his or her own solo work, but felt it necessary to work with another to create ambitious, large-scale installations based on a shared dialogue.

Zoë Charlton & Rick Delaney: There Goes the Neighborhood In this socioeconomic critique, a live grass lawn extends from the fire escape into the gallery space. On the grass sit dozens of small, pink suburban homes and a bevy of garden gnomes, transformed from being traditionally white and Dutch into one of seven shades of brown. The gnomes’ shiny ceramic veneers are a sharp contrast to the peeling white picket fence surrounding the grass. The installation is a combination of kitsch and commentary that inspires laughter and critique in equal measure.

Andy Diaz Hope & Laurel Roth: Pharmacopia Centered around a pharmacy counter where everything has spiraled out of control, this installation addresses the pervasiveness of drugs, both medical and recreational. Three medicine cabinets represent the planes of heaven, hell, and Earth. On Earth, the Garden of Eden flourishes amidst the toothpaste tubes and hemorrhoid ointment of daily life. In Purgatory, armies of angel and devil pills fight over tiny pill-encased people sprouting insect wings and legs. Above, in a canopy on the ceiling, hangs a chandelier made of hundreds of razor-sharp syringes, dripping with beads and garlands of multicolored pills. The full installation captures both the allure and danger of drug use without deciding right and wrong.

Frank Olive & Rudy Shepherd: The Magetti A large sculpture called “The Magetti” marks the entrance to the north gallery. Taken from the 70s TV show, Land of the Lost, The Magetti has the power to transport people to another time and place. On TV it was a tiny maquette, but for Olive and Shepherd, it is a full-sized vehicle and metaphor for two years of collaboration.

Olive and Shepherd’s dialogue began via faxes between their respective places of work at the Swiss Institute and the Drawing Center. Over time, they have accumulated hundreds of drawings­often hilarious, political, and ironic catalogues of their everyday. Their installation includes these drawings as well as a video starring their alter-egos, a robot and a bear. Each represents a complex mix of stereotypes, fantasies, and fears. Although there is no dialogue, the video highlights the two characters’ pursuits, near misses, and moments of poignant melancholy in the woods.
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