New work by Robbie Rackleff
Curated by David F.M. Hanes
23 JULY 2011 - 06 AUGUST 2011
OPENING: 23 JULY 2011, 7 - 11 p.m.
Documentation curtesy: Butcher Gallery
REMNANTS features four new video works by Baltimore artist Robbie Rackleff. Produced by filming modelled lego structures and post-production animations, the videos depict a world long described in much of Rackleff's already hefty oeuvre. Landscapes riddled with tall ominous structures loom amongst fog and tall grasses that sway in a meticulous nature; all evidence of inhabitants remain in the remnant waste left behind. Rackleff focuses on the ambience of his apocalyptic universe in Remnants, but gives furthur articulation in his continued Occult Master saga.
Rackleff, a Baltimore- based multimedia artist, received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a member of the Wham City artist collective. His work has been screened and exhibited throughout North America and Europe.
"Nothing is Wrong, Everything is Fine"
Thursday, August 11th, 2011 - Wednesday September 7th, 2011
Closing Reception: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011_7PM
It is my great pleasure to have been invited by G Gallery and the VSVSVS crew to show some of my newest visual work to date. This exhibition explores the complexity of repetition and its relationship to order and malaise in the psyche of the creative mind. What began as a series of drawings, overtime developed into a dual channel video work that has been meticulously cut apart and reconfigured. New forms and meanings are given to images that are familiar and - in some cases - nostalgic. “Nothing is Wrong, Everything is Fine” emphasizes a belief in the effectiveness of art as a tool for healing and emotional externalization; a floating oasis for a ship lost at sea.
David FM Hanes, b. 1987 Toronto ON, is a visual artist/curator whose trans-media practice spans a variety of issues ranging throughout the collaborative and performative parameters of the space bridging lived experience and art. David has exhibited in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and the Internet. David currently lives and works on the Toronto Island.
234 Queen Street East
Thursday through Saturday, 12-5pm or by appointment
Laura McCoy was born in Cambridge, Ontario in 1981 and is self taught in drawing, performance, and video. Laura founded the performance events "NoFaceNoProblem" and "Real Boob" and also co-runs Double Double Land and Zine Dream. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In performance, video and drawing, Laura McCoy peruses a slighted abstraction that relies on readily available tools and anxious modes of holding, whether they be the movement of a hand, the guild of a line or the start-stop of a photo(ed) “performance.” With self-conscious seams and slippery production, her work is done in haste and left for brooding.
25 Polson Street
By bus, from union station at the bay and front stop, take the 72a and get off at the corner of Commissioners St and Cherry St. Walk towards the T&T and turn right on Polson St. Walk down Polson St until you get to 25.
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The big day is around the corner! For the first time in 6 years I will be living in a new city and every inch of me in tingling with anticipation and nerves and excitement... basically the works. The past few months have been very jam packed with so much it feels almost as though the summer has been its own year! Honestly, it is kinda fucked. Since may I have helped Geoff open his solo, curated 2 shows, organized a number of events, gotten my solo together, and ready, made two music videos, workin like a dog on Nuit Blanche, got the flu, dealt with more red-tape BS than I ever have or wanted to AND got to go to a few cottages... built a sign... OK, the list keeps going. It's crazy.
Back to the subject of this post, MY MOVE! Okay so, I am gonna copy/paste some stuff about KC because it is kind of a jazzy town with a very loaded history. It is quite the American city and has some quaint nick names, such as: "KC", "KCMO", "Big KC", "City of Fountains", "Heart of America", and "Paris of the Plains". Funny right? KC is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. Founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas" at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and is situated opposite Kansas City, Kansas. The city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport (which if you don't know one of the largest battles to be fought west of the Mississippi River, with over 30,000 men engaged and over 3000 casualties). Here is a painting of that:
This painting just struck me as I posted it... mainly because of the calmness of the inner field and the two opposing forces charging towards death. Kinda mental to think of the battlefield as somewhere between total chaos and totalizing serenity. Makes sense - when looking at paintings like this - why many modernist/abstract American painters would move towards simple, and yet overpowering, color fields and contrasts... such as Rothko or Newman....
... but not really, hahahahaha
RIGHT, ummm... more about KC....Kansas City is situated in "Tornado Alley", a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains in Canada collide with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms (although the city itself has not been hit with a tornado since 1876). The surrounding areas of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area have had some severe outbreaks of tornadoes in the past, including the Ruskin Heights tornado in 1957, and the May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence, as well as other severe weather, most notably the Kansas City derecho in 1982. The region is also victim to the sporadic ice storm during the winter months, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks. Kansas City and its outlying areas are also subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951.
KC is also has a cool crime history and is a pretty violent town (apparently)...Some of the earliest violence in Kansas City erupted during the American Civil War. Shortly after the city's incorporation in 1850, the period which has become known as Bleeding Kansas erupted, affecting border ruffians and Jayhawkers, who both lived in the city. During the war, Union troops burned all occupied dwellings in Jackson County south of Brush Creek and east of Blue Creek to Independence in an attempt to halt raids into Kansas. After the war, the Kansas City Times turned outlaw Jesse James into a folk hero in its coverage. James was born in the Kansas City metro area at Kearney, Missouri, and notoriously robbed the Kansas City Fairgrounds at 12th Street and Campbell Avenue.
As of October 30, 2006, Kansas City ranks 21st on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual survey of crime rates for cities with populations over 400,000. Kansas City ranked sixth in the rate of murders in that same study. The entire Kansas City metropolitan area has the fourth worst violent crime rate among cities with more than 100,000, with a rate of 614.7 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. In 2010 Forbes.com ranked Kansas City as the third most dangerous city in the country.
Much of the city's murders and violent crimes occur in the city's inner core. In the 2000s, Crime and Homicides spiked up due to organized crime or the gang activity in the inner city. However, attempts at revitalizing the downtown area have been more successful. Other parts of the urban core with higher poverty levels remain places in which crime remains largely unabated.
BUT PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ME!!!! I WILL BE FINE, I AM CITY KID... DUH!!!!!!
Um, so... I am not really sure what else I wanna put in this post. It already feels pretty long. Maybe I'll just put a list of the notable people that have attended KCAI and leave it at that. Or, until I think of something else... most likely will post a number of times while in KC.
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okay... the list:
MARTIN ARNOLD (Yuula, u love him)
JON GNAGY "AMERICA'S FIRST TELEVISION ART TEACHER"
ABBE FINDLEY (FAVE TO THE GRAVE)
OKAY I AM SICK OF POSTING>>>>> MAYBE ADD SOME MORE STUFF LATER_____FOR NOW HERE IS THE MISFITS!!!