organized by Benjamin Tischer
March 1 - April 7, 2019
Opening reception March 1, 6 - 8 pm
Justin Liam O’Brien
Brittney Leeanne Williams
127 HENRY STREET, NEW YORK NY 10002
SITUATIONS is proud to present Fresh Fruit, an exhibition of figurative works by artists under the age of 30, organized by Benjamin Tischer.
Visiting a long practicing artist’s studio, a carefully crafted songanddance is on display. The artist is concise and correct and focused. Initially, they only show you new work. Yet, with enough interest, and the right amount of coaxing, there’s always more. Through flat files and conversations and old bits of press, a novel is divulged. The story of lifeasmaker is revealed.
This process is joyful seeing how one body of work leads to the next, leads to the next. Missteps, small triumphs, and forgotten tangents, an occasional masterpiece woven throughout decades.
Younger artists are trickier. There’s less to judge, only a couple of chapters in the story. And so, more often than not, there's hesitation, waiting to see how the plot develops before engaging the narrative.
This is a horrible mistake. This exhibition is a step towards correcting that inclination.
Here is talent, some known, others not. These artists deal with the body. Calcifying bodies, joyous bodies, rotting bodies, edible bodies, bodies in motion, bodies as landscape, politicized bodies, sexualized bodies, bodies made of light, and bodies barely held together.
Don't talk, don't talk, baby, don't talk.
Benjamin Tischer is coowner of INVISIBLEEXPORTS.
Queer Trash Presents: Madsen Minax, Max Hamel, and Reagan Holiday
Friday, April 12, 8pm
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday, April 12th, Queer Trash is thrilled to present Madsen Minax, Max Hamel, and Reagan Holiday for an evening of gender blur, noise, abstraction, and intimate electricity. Returning to ISSUE following their 2018 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellowship, Queer Trash presents a varied night of drag, noise, and video, with three artists who often come in bodily contact with the technologies they employ.
Madsen Minax presents a new film incorporating live sound and projected video. An interdisciplinary artist whose work is influenced by his participation in justice-oriented communities, Minax’s To Run, To Play Dead queers how intimacy and friendship can unfold between rural boys. The evening also features Max Hamel, known for their prolific output as Head Separating From Body, where the inputs and outputs of their modular synth are switchable, nonbinary, and fluid. Further, the sound is activated by touch, so the artist’s body completes the circuit. Drag performance artist and musician Reagan Holiday performs high femme harsh noise for the apocalypse. Full on, full drag, full volume.
Queer Trash celebrates the potential for noise to be a process that undoes fixed meanings, upsets hierarchies, and collapses socially constructed order. In information and communication theory, noise is the unwanted and inevitable travelling companion of signal. In this definition noise interferes with signal that is considered right and true, and noise itself has no independent meaning. Noise, to Queer Trash, is so much more exciting than that. These artists flip the dominant codes and focus on the noise, the excess, the stuff that’s trash to heteronormative culture. For Queer Trash, noise is totally queer.
Queer theory diva Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick puts it beautifully: “That's one of the things that "queer" can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically.”