Reality Unchecked, is a group show of five artists working in a variety of mediums. This exhibit focuses on a persistent presence of contemporary artwork that is made in a highly realistic manner but is barely credible as documentary. A sense of fiction as reality pervades all these works, providing a mirror to the government spin of our current political and cultural moment.
Colleen Asper: In this exhibit, Asper will show a series of paintings in which she presents herself as the President of the United States. “The idea of myself as President is an absurd solution to the frustration we all feel as individuals trying to imagine how we can affect political change”, says Asper.
Angela Fraleigh: Fraleigh contributes two new oil paintings to this exhibit, in which she portrays herself in an ambiguous state as both victim and volunteer. She describes her work as questioning social constructs of beauty, class, gender and role play.
Nathan Skiles: Skile’s sculptures create quasi-metaphysical tales out of craft materials such as styrofoam, felt and cardboard. “Through visual asides my work describes how an ideology based on absurdity can sustain personal meaning with the locus between fact and fiction” says Skiles.
Adam Stennent: Stennent will show a video entitled Prospect Park Fight Fuck. The video takes place in a scale model of Prospect Park where two male mice fight over several female mice, knocking down trees and causing mayhem. The audio combines the sounds of the mice determining dominance with a track of the artist calmly talking about seeing a kid being beaten with a baseball bat in his neighborhood and the ensuing difficult attempt to report it to the police.
Eric White: White’s paintings jump with dynamic juxtapositions that relate to surveillance and political control. Both disturbing and engaging each painting involves the viewer in a paranoid and erotic socio-political satire.