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The Flag Art Foundation Presents Disturbing Innocence

Brittle House By Will Cotton
Brittle House By Will Cotton, 2000 (All Photos By Gail)

Like Paul McCarthey’s ill-fated Butt Plug Tree, I like art that pushes boundaries. That’s what I found in abundance when Geoffrey and I made the scene last Saturday at Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea for the opening reception of a group show they call Disturbing Innocence. It was definitely disturbing.

Mummified Barbies
Mummified Barbies by EV Day

Curated by Eric Fischl, Disturbing Innocence features over 50 historical and contemporary artists whose use of dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates forms a deep and powerfully expressive genre. The exhibition poses profound questions surrounding social constructs of youth, beauty, transformation, violence, sexuality, gender, identity, and loneliness.

Amy Bennett Property Line, 2007
Amy Bennett, Property Line, 2007

Inspired by Fischl’s own childhood in suburban Long Island, NY, and his early career as an artist working in New York City in the 1980s, Disturbing Innocence presents a subversive and escapist world at odds with the values and pretensions of polite society. Ninety percent of the art on display is not for the easily offended, but if you are open minded and appreciate stuff that is a bit — or a lot — twisted, then this will be your thing.

Let’s take a look at some highlights from the show!

Hanging Clown Snow Globe

This snow globe features the serene, wintery scene of one clown standing on the back of another clown in order to commit suicide by hanging himself. Because clowns are scary!

Nude Rapunzel

I call this one Nude Rapunzel, because none of the names of the art/ artists were posted adjacent to the works, which is just lazy if you ask me. Or, rather, it makes me feel lazy for not scouring the interwebs thoroughly enough to glean the name of the artist/piece.

Explosion in a Cage

Here is one of the less disturbing pieces in the show: it looks like an exploding plastic bag trapped inside a cage.

Explosion Close Up

Here is a closer look. I like it.

John Waters Playdate, 2006
Playdate by John Waters, 2006

Look! It’s baby Michael Jackson post-plastic surgery disaster. Let’s find out who his playmate is.

John Waters Playdate, 2006

Why, it’s baby Charles Manson! Oh, the cuteness.

Demon Giving Birth

This one is just insane.

Red Ho

Tower of Breasts

I did a Google image search of “Sculpture made of breasts” to try to find the name /artist of this piece and got about 100 hits, none which were this sculpture.

Video Head

This piece, which is a video of a talking head projected against a split sphere, really reminded me of the talking statues in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. It’s the same technique used to give the mannequins expressive faces at the Brooklyn Museum’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit last year.

Nut Cracker Doll
Jennifer Rubell, Nutcracker Doll

This functional Nutcracker Doll might be a bit big to keep on hand in your kitchen, but it sure would be a hit at your holiday party!

Siamese Twins

This sculpture of Siamese Twin Girls was the most disturbing piece in the show, for me. I wish I knew more about it.

One Armed Child

I think that all of these sculptures and tableaus, such as the one-armed child above, are perhaps meant to make us more comfortable with seeing and being around people that look different from ourselves. I don’t know that there are any definitive answers, but Disturbing Innocence at the very least aims to start a conversation.

Find out more about Eric Fischl and artists involved in Disturbing Innocence by visiting This Link.

Disturbing Innocence will be on Exhibit Through January 31st, 2015 at Flag Art Foundation, Located at 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Peter Drake Siege of Syosset, 2007
There Goes The Neighborhood: Peter Drake, Siege of Syosset, 2007

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Nir Hod’s Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future, at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Nir Hod Once Everything Triptych
I Want Always to Be Remembered in Your Heart, By Nir Hod (All Photos By Gail)

Israel-born artist Nir Hod’s current exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery manages to be both visually beautiful and subtly political — a combination that this painter/sculptor does very well.

Nir Hod Oil Pump Snow Globe Sculpture

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future features Hod’s monumental sculptural work of the same name, a snow globe containing a moving scale model of a pumpjack encased in oil and swirling “snow” comprised of gold-colored flakes, a reflection of the immense wealth generated by the oil trade.

Nir Hod Oil Pump Sculpture Close Up
Detail

Hod’s globe encompasses an idealized, isolated landscape of oil extraction in which production and consumption can peacefully coexist. When I was growing up in California in the 1960s and ’70s, these oil pumps were all over the place, so this piece inspired a great feeling of nostalgia for me.

Nir Hod Once Everything

Characteristic of Hod’s work is a dark glamour that is both alluring and menacing, exemplified in his three new series of paintings. In I Want Always to be Remembered in Your Heart, smoldering flames are superimposed on delicate flowers, alluding to the paradoxical coexistence of beauty and destruction.

Nir Hod All We Wish For

Through a chroming process he transforms matte canvases into reflective, mirrored surfaces in the series All We Wish For, Let it Be and The Back Room.

Nir Hod All We Wish For

In All We Wish For, Let it Be, the artist renders ethereal clouds and shattered glass, alluding to a cycle of destruction and rebirth.

Nir Hod The Back Room

The Back Room presents contrasting black and white scratches upon chrome surfaces emanating light. Both works underline the artist’s pursuit of the sublime as a place of pleasurable fear and forbidden desire.

Nir Hod The Back Room

The Worley Gig Highly Recommends This Exhibit.

Nir Hod’s Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future will be on Exhibit Through October 25th at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 515 West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Nir Hod Exhibit Signage

F-Word Snow Globe

Fuck Snow Globe
Photo By Gail

When only word can truly express your true feelings, pick up (and shake) the F-Word Snow Globe, designed by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese! Available in the gift shop at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on Bowery. And there’s even a member discount!

Fuck Snow Globes

UPDATE, July 13th, 2015: I found these in the Gift Shop at the Museum of Sex. Didn’t get the price. But they look to be of a comparable quality!

Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light

Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light

Holy Cow, this thing is awesome. The Fish Tank Glitterdisk Night Light glitters on through the darkest night. Keep your room subtly illuminated and yourself entertained by the swirling glitter with this gorgeous night light.

Fish Tank – Glitterdisk Night Light Features:

  • Night light with swirling glitter
  • Plugs into any standard 120 V outlet
  • 360° swivel plug – always use bubble light in an upright position
  • Glitter will start to swirl after warming up for several minutes
  • Convenient on/off switch at base
  • Light bulb included
  • Size: 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

Sale Priced at just $18.95, buy yours right now by clicking This Link!

Home for the Holidaze

Actual Picture of California at Christmas

I finally landed at LAX around 2:30 this morning. I’ve already told Sue that she gets one of my kidneys if she ever needs one – for picking me up at the airport, you know. Kidneys for everyone! This afternoon we are going to see a performance of the play Jesus Christ, Superstar, which, oddly, still stars Ted Neeley (star of the original movie, made back in the ’70s). Apparently, in this version of the story, Jesus lives to be sixty. A true Christmas miracle! More later as it develops.