Deitch Studios, 4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens
July 12: Brendan Fowler (BARR) and friends
July 18: Tingel Tangel Club, presented by Earl Dax
July 19: Dynasty Handbag, Tara De Long and Chloe Dzubilo, music video for La Bruja by Escandalo and directed by Bec Stupak, Princess Extravaganza and the House of Extravaganza
July 26: DFA Records hosts after-party for PS1 Summer Warm-Up
June 28: The Mystery of Claywoman—conceived, written, and performed by Michael Cavadias, directed by Rob Roth
During this sprawling exhibition by artistic force assume vivid astro focus, Deitch Studios combined sculpture and installation as it is transformed into an avaf demolition disco with a full performance and event schedule.
Passing the colorful mural exterior of the building, guests entered from the riverside entrance, beside a neon atom-bomb explosion, into the main installation. This large gallery space was filled with collaborative sculpture, murals, and rugged found materials inspired by the construction sites found throughout the city. As traditional Brooklyn buildings were demolished to make way for glittering condo towers, so was this installation, which featured old architecture crashing down amid black construction mesh, scaffolding, and shattered wood.
In this exhibition, avaf created a zone for reconstruction and rehabilitation overseen by the goddess of change: the tranny. At the center of the main gallery was an enormous back-bending, gender-bending figure, split apart by a derelict Brooklyn house. The rear of the exhibition was a space for the repertoire of collaborative performances and video that avaf had assembled to activate this explosive exhibition. As in every avaf installation, the group created a special zone for experience and interaction, not just an installation of objects. Circulating imagery from exhaustively researched corners of pop culture and art history included contortionists, album covers, Hélio Oiticica, construction sites, vogue balls, Jayne County, graffiti, and YouTube amateur dance videos. avaf composed hyperreal landscapes by their signature remixing of these components. In this way, avaf visually explored their philosophy of viral contamination.
In this exhibition, avaf encompassed: Kenny Scharf, Desi Santiago, Michael Lazarus, Neon (Dudu Bertholini and Rita Comparato), Rick Castro, Fabio Gurjao, Rodrigo Garcia Dutra, Lau Neves, Melissa Stabile de Mello, Kleber Mattheus, Renata Abbade, Carla Machado, Escandalo, Color Wheel, Vava Dudu, Giles Round, Shoplifter, Bec Stupak and/or Honeygun Labs, and Malcolm Stuart. Opening night featured performances by Color Wheel, Escandalo, Abravanation Performance, and the Vomidingleberry Movement Troupe. Additional performances throughout the run of the exhibition featured: Michael Cavadias and Rob Roth, Brendan Fowler and friends, Tingel Tangel Club, Dynasty Handbag, Tara De Long and Chloe Dzubilo, La Bruja and Escandalo, Princess Extravaganza and members of the House of Extravaganza, and DFA Records DJs.
—from the press release
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
+1 (212) 343-7300
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