ADAM GREEN AND FRIENDS “Hot Chicks”

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Adam Green and Friends

Hot Chicks

January 1 – 31, 2014

Opening: January 1 from 6-9PM

 

The Hole is proud to present an exhibition of new drawings by Adam Green in our Gallery 3 space. These works explore the female form in unexpected ways, using oil crayons and an assortment of pencils and pens.

Bordering on architecture or furniture design, the works are only recognizable as female as each has at least one boob; though most have way, way too many boobs. The majority of the works in the show are a mere 12 x 9 inches, but capture in their small size the irreverence and urgency that comes from a direct link between the hand and the unconscious: and as we can see in the show, Green’s unconscious has a somewhat 8-bit sensibility. The bodies are often composed of proliferating blocks, with some including too many eye blocks, too many aforementioned boob blocks, too many mouth blocks, etc. It is as though the image inventory chip to his Nintendo cartridge was functioning properly, however the programming chip that assorted, organized and placed the blocks was malfunctioning.

Symbolically, the “hot chicks” here are extremely not hot, and you can imagine from the titles why: “Angry Chick”, “Burned Chick”, “Dog”, “Blackout Turtle Chick”, etc. Various female archetypical roles are touched on as well from “Stripper Chick”, “Queen Chick”, “Mom Chick”, “Sister Chick” or perhaps most disturbingly “Toddler Chick”. The works, however, bear no malice or violence and instead have an odd sense of humour that at times runs amok: “Polar Chick” looks like a white boob igloo and “Yankee Fan Chick” some eyeballs and boobs connected by pin-striped shapes.

The works are inspired by many artists in the great tradition of messing up womens’ faces, from DeKooning to Condo, Bacon to Butzer, and the artist cites other expressionistic and often off-kilter artsits James Ensor and Paul Thek as influences. Automatic drawing and early video game image structure inform the works, too, but really this kind of mutant glitch erotica has no direct antecedent.

One wall of the exhibition in Gallery 3 will be devoted to the “And Friends” part of the exhibition, including small works on paper by Alia Shawkat, Macaulay Culkin, Bibbe Hansen, Austin English, Devendra Banhart, Dustin Yellin, Taylor McKimens, Alexa Chung, Matt Leines, Toby Goodshank, Allison Silva, Jeffrey Lewis and Jack Walls.

For more information please email Krysta@theholenyc.com