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Tony Labat and Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang

Harris Lieberman Gallery
89 Vandam Street, 212-206-1290
May 5 - May 25, 2007
Reception: Saturday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Though separated by a generation, Labat and Gonzalez-Lang share an interest in the exploration of cultural identity and the use of humor to investigate the social and political experience in America.

Tony Labat’s witty and caustic interventions utilize a variety of media including video, sculpture, performance, and photography. This exhibition will present a diverse group of works that span his thirty-year career. In these works, Labat assumes the role of provocateur, using the body (either his own or those of others) as a stage for exploration and political commentary.

Ignacio Gonzalez-Lang will present Weird but True, an ongoing archive of bizarre but real stories from tabloid newspapers such as the New York Post. He pairs these anecdotes with related images to impart a visual identity to the found text. The archive also serves as a point of departure for a series of sculptures and actions that will be included in the exhibition. While incredibly poignant and sometimes political, this body of work documents marginal histories that in accumulated form produce an insightful look at human nature.
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