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Neil Burke and Sam McPheeters, Human Hair

Cinders Gallery
28 Marcy Avenue, 718-388-2311
January 5 - February 3, 2008
Reception: Saturday, January 5, 7 - 10 PM
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The deviant artistic duo of Sam McPheeters and Neil Burke was perhaps last seen together on these shores as Men’s Recovery Project, a 90s era hardcore band turned weirdo tornado noise act whose infamous performances involving s+m masks, ladies lingerie, a Patrick Henry costume, and a drummer playing under bed sheets indelibly scarred the imagination of the underground and challenged what could actually be done as a band.

Their visual artwork, which accompanied over a dozen audio releases, countless silk-screened posters, zines, and other assorted propaganda, was the perfect addendum to their musical chaos: brightly colored war torn sci-fi landscapes where fleshy suit and tie humanoids roamed aimlessly. Their affecting aesthetic is akin to choking victim diagrams and crash test dummy videos-cautionary warnings of the tragedies that humans create for themselves.

Their first art show together in the NY area continues the tradition of pushing the envelope of good taste by channeling anger and despondency through startling and often laugh out loud hilarious imagery that benefits from sharp as a whip wit and excellent printmaking techniques.

Sam McPheeters is a writer, visual and performance artist, who was the frontman for legendary NY hardcore band Born Against, Men’s Recovery Project, and most recently LA’s Wrangler Brutes. He currently lives and works in California.

Neil Burke is a poster artist and graphic designer that is responsible for much of the look and feel of Vermiform records. He currently runs his own print shop in Philadelphia called Monoroid. In addition, Burke also played music in Born Against, Men’s Recovery Project, and Life’s Blood.
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