18 Wooster Street
A multimedia installation by the collective Dearraindrop filled the gallery with sculpture, video projections, paintings, and drawings, transforming the space into a mythical, psychedelic fun house. Massive sculptures such as a teepee village and a giant sphinx took over the space, creating a hyperreal surfeit of imagery glowing in neon and black light.
Dearraindrop’s new video work, beaming from the mouth of the sphinx, set the tone for the show with its amphetamine-paced dystopian psychedelia, which could be described as “melts in your mind not in your head.” Visualizing tracks by epic Providence noise band Lightningbolt, the pulsing, synesthetic patterns and images were simultaneously nauseating and beautiful—living kaleidoscopic collages. One of the tracks, “Dracula Mountain,” extended into this super-heavy fast-forward melt jam.
The rest of the gallery space was filled with strange sculptures and twisted Americana: a Tower of Babble, a hyperreal 3-D op-art labyrinth, portraits of the artists and their circle (by Robert Kitchen), an undead teepee village (housing videos and dioramas), and a giant crystallized rock face of the Mad Mountain King. Myths, symbols, and cartoons took on a life of their own, with the horror of basic concepts in meltdown. Winking, jabbering, and hieroglyphic, this hall of horror vacui was an uneasy dream squeezed full of monsters and American archetypes: a fucked-up summer wonderland.
Dearraindrop are prophets of the sinister swirl of media imagery that irrationally commingle and mutate in our nether-consciousness. Collaborating with the late George Harrison, the future Kenny Scharf, and Andy Coolquit, the group consists of Joe Grillo, Laura and Billy Grant, and Alika. Joe’s best friend Chris also helped to make the larger sculptures. They go all the way back to the future but work in Virginia Beach, Los Angeles, and sometimes New York.
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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