Fuck fear phobia
Curated by Natalie Trainor
Viewing: October 29 - November 3, 2011
Location: 406 West 13th Street, New York, 10014
Reception: October 28, 2011 6 - 9pm
RSVP & Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
New York – October 2011
Wolf & Daughter Productions is pleased to announce Ffp, a show that interprets fear and phobia along lines undefined by boundaries, be it sculptural, conceptual, drawn or installed. Curated by Natalie Trainor, the group exhibition features the work of John Breiner, Day Le, Joseph Grazi, LNY, Biz Lynch, Miguel Ovalle and Danielle Riechers.
“The shape and interpretations of fear are indefinite: first, because it is in perpetual transformation, and second, because it is completely subjective and uncertain.” Claudia Roselli, Writer, 2008
John Breiner’s mixed media paintings reflect the pressures of everyday life: fear of the end, fear of the end not coming soon enough. The colorful palette in his collection of work and its dark subject matter reveal the artist’s ominous thoughts, feelings, and dreams: eyeballs staring at the viewer, battles of nature, and the deadly game of chess we play day in and day out. Heavily influenced by David Batchelor’s Chromophobia, artist Day Le’s investigation of fear is centered on the use of language and its arbitrary relationship to color. Using detailed word maps as his guide and yarn as his choice of material, Le’s approach is to take language and dismantle the meaning into nothing more than shapes. The fear is not with color, but with language.
Exploring the theme of repetition with taxidermed bats, Joseph Grazi’s newest piece titled “Legends,” illustrates man’s extreme domination over our animal cousins through strength, fear and trickery. LNY questions himself and the viewer through large scale wall drawings focused on fear and phobia; drawing to help understand fear, not explain it, while confusing its meaning. Understanding fear as sprouting from the unknown artist Biz Lynch takes a scientific approach to combatting fear by disorienting the senses and inviting exploration. Using sound waves as a catalyst, the artist explores visual effects of light traveling through different materials, such as prisms, convex surfaces, and water.
Miguel Ovalle explores the communicative and visual possibilities of the written word by creating an environment that transforms and subjugates a mind that is cluttered with fears, anxieties and desires; thus creating a meditative state and cultivating new, more positive ways of being. Danielle Riechers’ video installation documents the artist sculpting and melting an ice figure symbolizing a woman, whom the artist never met, but nearly killed six years ago. Referencing the body position of Jesus in the Pieta, the sculpture is a metaphor for the ephemerality of life, ice, memory and pain.
Using location to color the experience, Ffp creates a multi-sensory installation that identifies, isolates and explores the beautiful and hideous qualities of fear and phobia.
Founded by Sarah Wolfson and Luisa Conlon, Wolf & Daughter is a Brooklyn based independent production company with a focus on the moving image and fine arts. W&D produces documentary shorts, music videos and commercials and also curates art happenings in the New York City area.
Natalie Trainor is an independent curator, consultant, and artist manager living and working in New York City.