This exhibition connects longing with violence and love with war, imagining the business of war in all its sensual manifestations. Wants to tell you war stories through the vision of 9 international artists: Jakob Boeskov, Margot Herster, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Fawad Khan, Ellen Lake, Rebecca Loyche, Guerra de la Paz, Francesco Simeti, Nick Waplington. Curated by Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo.
Jakob Boeskov, Margot Herster, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Fawad Khan, Ellen Lake,
Rebecca Loyche, Guerra de la Paz, Francesco Simeti, Nick Waplington
Curators: Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo
Exit Art wants to tell you war stories through the vision of nine international artists. Love/War/Sex considers memory, history, weapons and personal stories. As a cultural center, our mission is to reflect what is going on in our society. We respond to current global conflicts by presenting this exhibition, Love/War/Sex, a comment on our culture's fascination with, and addiction to, war. The title itself demonstrates the paradox of what war is, a combination of emotions, passions and idealistic convictions. This exhibition connects longing with violence and love with war, imagining the business of war in all its sensual manifestations.
Exit Art is known for its unique exhibition and installation design that heighten the concept of the show. The installation of Love/War/Sex, conceived and designed by Papo Colo, is an innovation in exhibition design and presentation, in part for its inclusion of real weapons of war. Choosing these objects, these readymades, and applying their historical contexts to the exhibition, creates an environment that provokes and confronts the viewer with the real tools of war. The idea of exhibiting weapons as art hearkens back to Leonardo da Vinci, who designed weapons for a living, and allows one to experience both the extraordinary craftsmanship and design of these killing machines.
Another installation approach was to wallpaper the exhibition space with texts of personal experiences of the war. This allows the viewer/reader to evoke images from the text. Here, the force of the narrative replaces the object and gives the viewer another kind of visual imagination, creating a sacred space for meditation. Taken from newspapers, magazines and soldiers'blogs, the texts make one think of war in terms of these intimate stories. The juxtaposition of these weapons and the wall papered texts creates a stage for the exhibition and the public.
Jakob Boeskov's apocalyptic video War Wizard depicts lustful soldiers and their wizard enemy as they invade a little boy's dreams. The wizard, who embodies at once Jesus, Osama bin Laden and an Iraqi prisoner, is tortured with sex and violence by dancing soldiers. Margot Herster presents an insider view of Guantanamo politics with This is an introduction tape, a video of the families of detainees telling their relatives to trust the lawyers representing them. Referencing sports and porn as stimulants, Tessa Hughes-Freeland's educational video Watch Out! explains how explicit films can warp the minds of young men. Fawad Khan fuses car culture with war imagery to create a sexy but violent wall painting that evokes the chaos of a suicide bombing.
Ellen Lake's short film Betty + Johnny combines digital video and home movies shot in the 1930s and 40s to tell the story of a love lost during World War II. Rebecca Loyche's three-channel video installation, Alls Fair in Love and War, is a disturbing portrait of a weapons specialist who teaches military personnel how to kill. Guerra de la Paz presents Crawl, a sculpture of a dying soldier, and The Kiss, an intimate photograph of two soldiers embracing. Francesco Simeti's Watching the War combines landscapes and images of the war in Afghanistan to create deceptively ornate wallpaper. Nick Waplington's photographs juxtapose images of life at the war front and back at home.
ABOUT EXIT ART
Exit Art is an independent vision of contemporary culture. We react immediately to important issues that affect our lives. We do experimental, historical and unique presentations of aesthetic, social, political and environmental issues. We absorb cultural differences that become prototype exhibitions. We are a center for multiple disciplines. Founded in 1982 by Directors Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo, Exit Art has grown from a pioneering alternative art space, into a model artistic center for the 21st century. Exit Art is internationally recognized for its unmatched spirit of inventiveness. With a substantial reputation for curatorial innovation and depth of programming in diverse media, Exit Art is always on the verge of change.
Shelter is an exhibition of photographs by Lucky Michaels, chronicling the everyday lives of the young LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer) that temporarily inhabit Sylvia's Place, a homeless shelter located a block from Exit Art and within the Metropolitan Community Church of New York. The shelter (named after Queer rights activist Sylvia Rivera) is a safe haven for these homeless youths with Michaels serving as their counselor, documenting them in moments of rest, play and confrontation. The exhibition coincides with the release of Michael's book, Shelter, an in-depth look at the community in Sylvia's Place. Shelter opens on Saturday, December 15 with a special event featuring the release of Michael's book, DJ sets, and a screening of the documentary Queer Streets, produced by Lisa Cohen.
OPENING December 15, 2007, 7-10 PM
Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue, at the corner of 36th Street.
Tuesday - Thursday, 10 - 6 pm; Friday, 10 - 8 pm; Saturday, noon - 8 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
There is a suggested donation of $5.