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Jon Burgerman at Roger Smith Hotel

July 16, 2013 — by lorizimmer

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Please join me on Tuesday July 16th, 2013 at The Roger Smith Hotel to celebrate Jon Burgerman‘s awesome new black and white mural room off of Lily’s bar that will take over the space until September, curated” (whatever that means) by Danika Druttman and me. There will be wine provided by the hotel, good music, fun banter, art nerds, a piano for talented pianists (hehe), a beautiful rooftop bar that feels like the 1940s, stickers from Burgerman and MAYBE a performance by the artist and his Ukelele (maybe). Bring your friends, but try to RSVP if you can ddruttman@rogersmith.com.
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Every Which Way But Loose at Art Mrkt Hamptons

July 11, 2013 — by lorizimmer

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QF Gallery is pleased to announce Every Which Way But Loose, curated by Lori Zimmer, an outdoor sculpture garden at artMRKT Hamptons from July 11-14, 2013. Presenting the work of Coby Kennedy, Nyugen Smith and Trong Gia Nguyen, this sculptural collection is based loosely on our uncertain past and present and looming future, and the necessary survival and humor to direct and cope with all that’s ahead. Each artist selected deals with consumption, surveillance, fame, and violence through commercialization and redemption.

The works included in Every Which Way But Loose hold a tongue-in-cheek survivalist approach, with a forward-moving attitude of making due and moving on, in a creative and interactive manner. Each piece invites visitors to interact and engage, and to transport themselves for a moment into a reality where guns are sold like Ice Pops, homes are cobbled together like life-sized collages from scavenged objects, and your 15 minutes of fame may very well be while you are in a compromising position.
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Every Which Way But Loose pokes at the constraints of the human condition, with large-scale sculptures, through the eyes of Kennedy, Smith and Nguyen.

Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand
Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand
Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand
Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand
Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand
Coby Kennedy Supple and Demand

Coby Kennedy’s Supply And Demand vending machines are a satirical play on modern consumerism. One (red) peddles popular cliches such as Newports, boxcutters and Phillies blunts illustrating how even a bad-boy lifestyle can be marketed and sold. The other machine (green) takes on our country’s red-button issue with gun control. Both machines are intended to be blatant and sensational, abrasively highlighting the often exploitative relationship between producer and consumer.

Trong Nguyen, Guy Debord

Trong Nguyen, Guy Debord, inside! chop chop!
Trong Nguyen, Guy Debord, inside! chop chop!
Trong Nguyen, Guy Debord
Trong Nguyen, Guy Debord

Trong Gia Nguyen’s Guy Debord (guillotine) is a wooden shed/outhouse whose door has a hole cut out where the visitor may insert his head. Peeking inside reveals projected video clips of Andy Warhol’s “screen tests.” The countenances of Warhol’s pals are spliced and re-embodied with disparate “bathroom tests” depicting individuals, from the shoulders down, sitting on the commode. Looking straight down, a tilted mirror inside a large basket reflects a more dire and morbid predicament. The basket, it seems, is there to catch the viewer’s head as he finds himself placed under the blade of a guillotine.

Nyugen Smith and the Bundle House ConfeSHUNal
Nyugen Smith and the Bundle House ConfeSHUNal
a Detail from Bundle House ConfeSHUNal
a Detail from Bundle House ConfeSHUNal
Bundle House ConfeSHUNal’s sin sheets and drawings made from them
Bundle House ConfeSHUNal’s sin sheets and drawings made from them
Bundle House and Guy Debord on the Historical Society lawn
Bundle House and Guy Debord on the Historical Society lawn

Nyugen Smith’s Bundle Houses are conglomerations of found objects that address survival, tragedy and crises. The make-shift shelter-sculptures evoke at once dystopian futures, present day refugees, and recent hurricane victims, seamlessly meshing these messages into impeccable and relevant sculpture. In this iteration, Smith will be a site-specific Bundle House “ConfeSHUNal.” Inside of the Bundle House structure, Smith will act as The Redeemer. Visitors will be asked to check off a list if Seven Deadly Sins, with the option to have The Redeemer take lashes for their atonement. The checklist is then slipped to Smith inside the ConfeSHUNal, and exchanged for a mixed-media drawing that Smith will create based on the sins checked within 3 minutes. If the visitor chose for The Redeemer to atone for their sins, Smith will then lash himself the requested number of times, using a whip made of leather strips bundled together. An illuminated manuscript charting the results of each ConfeSHUNal is created for all sinners to see.
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Bundle House ConfeSHUNal
Bundle House ConfeSHUNal