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DIY: The Aesthetics of Life

Invisible NYC
148 Orchard Street, between Stanton and Rivington, 212-228-1358
East Village / Lower East Side
August 4 - September 3, 2005
Reception: Thursday, August 4, 7 - 9 PM
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Invisible NYC in collaboration with Metro Color Collision is pleased to present DIY: The Aesthetics of Life. Unlike other group shows, the artists here have created works directly pertaining to their lives as artists who choose to dissociate from corporate strongholds and make their own clothes, jewelry, stuffed animals or anything that turns unique art objects into a lifestyle and vice versa. Did they figure out the perfect existence to incorporate punk rock productivity and creative innovations? Their creative drive is entirely infused into their daily existence; for them, art is inextricably linked to life as creation is the sole means of survival. This exhibition hopes to convey not only their DIY aesthetics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency but also a philosophy carried on in the true spirit of modern anarchy.

From earlier situationist ideas regarding radical currents of change came the modern notions of social anarchy that these artists embrace.  Their work is redolent with many of these ideas including the reclaiming of the contemporary industrial environment, the refusal to fall prey to marketing schemes and enticing labels (think AdBusters), and the liberation of the person from the social and psychological impositions inevitable in urban situations.  The artists featured in this exhibition provide a new vision of an old concept that seeks to investigate and assess the mechanics of modern life.

Each featured artist has adapted the DIY ideas that we are presenting as objects of use but more importantly as singular pieces of art. The work of Milton Carter, Joanna Stein, Christine Cioffari, Kayte Terry, Vadis Turner and Kim Cherubin presents an alternative to brand names and corporate logos in this group exhibition. This show is curated by Metro Color Collision, the curatorial team of Julie Fishkin and Matt Lucas. Metro Color Collision is an independent curatorial collective whose aim is to combine creativity and originality in an idea-based exhibition without space constrictions and specific wall obligations. In existence since 2003, MCC works with local artists and galleries as a continuous conduit for creative energy.
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