REVIEW: The Gastro-Fantasy: Thoughts Surrounding “Workin’ in Ah Hole Mine” at 247365 Gallery

Written by Conor O’Brien, Living Gallery

Photos were taken at “Workin’ In Ah Hole Mine,” an exhibition at 247365 Gallery featuring artwork by Michael Mahalchick and Jacques Louis Vidal. 247365 is one of three galleries part of the Donut District located in Red Hook.

"Jerk Off Material" -Michael Mahalchick

“Jerk Off Material” -Michael Mahalchick

The bed is a stand-in for the stomach, a stage for gastro-intenstinal performance. Warmth is conducive to sleep in the same way heat is conducive to digestion. Thus, the desire for warmth stems from the desire to be digested.

Left: "Frame," Michael Mahalchick. Center: "A Hole Mine," Jacques Louis Vidal. Right: "Crutches," Michael Mahalchick

Left: “Frame,” Michael Mahalchick. Center: “A Hole Mine,” Jacques Louis Vidal. Right: “Crutches,” Michael Mahalchick

Each night we enter these artificial stomachs and, pulling over our bodies sheets reminiscent of fur, flesh, blood, intestinal walls, enact the gastro-fantasy: to sink into this salty, enzymatic foam; to be broken down and sent through drainpipes into sewage treatment plants and then dumped like pollutants into rivers; to have our genetic material fed back into the oceanic laboratory that engineers new species; to then be spewed back out, by regurgitation or excretion, and return.

"A Hole Mine," Tile detail -Jacques Louis Vidal

“A Hole Mine,” Tile detail -Jacques Louis Vidal

Excretion is an act of destruction which, because it fails to obliterate, ends parodically in creation, or an anti-creation whose necessary impulse is destruction. The in-between state: a destruction that can never fully destroy, a creation that can never fully be.

"Crutches" -Michael Mahalchick

“Crutches” -Michael Mahalchick

The stomach and the womb are often metonymic: digestion parodies birth. In this the digestive drive and the artistic act are aligned. White walls recall the toilet bowl, the blank page, an infantile reaction to that silent white, the need to soil/ disrupt, then flush/ reset; two actions that, through Pavlovian repetition, induce a deep satisfaction, the illusion of two extreme states: appearance and disappearance, positive and negative.

"Magnets" -Michael Mahalchick

“Magnets” -Michael Mahalchick

The in-between state fails to respond to the Pavlovian tick, which then echoes without answer, half-digested, a vague, lingering discomfort. Here nothing appears and nothing disappears. Nothing even changes form, everything is always transitioning between: endlessly vibrating with organic dissonance. A manic cycle between a mechanical, static positive and absolute zero, never settling on one, never fully achieving either. This friction produces an electric pulse.

"Savarin" -Michael Mahalchick

“Savarin” -Michael Mahalchick

Objects and materials have a potentiality that can be preserved in the creation of art pieces if the materials are used in ways that are unconventional, free-associative, etc. Forms that defy definition or identification retain a certain formlessness, or at least contain both form and formlessness.

"Unknown Pleasures (Corner)" -Jacques Louis Vidal

“Unknown Pleasures (Corner)” -Jacques Louis Vidal

A form is in part its physical qualities/ limits and in part the associative limits imposed on it (preconceived notions of functionality, classification, genre, etc). When the latter set of limits are blurred or transgressed the object regresses back to a state of energetic potentiality, until another term is invented or a preexisting term is expanded to encompass this form.

"Unknown Pleasures (Wall)"  -Jacques Louis Vidal

“Unknown Pleasures (Wall)” -Jacques Louis Vidal

In art, terms are created, values assigned, expectations fostered all for the purpose of subversion, just as certain religions encourage (by implication) the ritualistic transgression of their own taboos.
In the middle of this tug of war between classification and deconstruction is experience, the object presented naked before you without any interpretive shield.

"Frame" -Michael Mahalchick

“Frame” -Michael Mahalchick

Art can approach this whirling, kinetic experience. Not simply recreate or represent it, but can itself be the volatile, pulsating link connecting the creative-destructive. The in-between state: an amphibious mutation gasping on shore, half-developed lungs full for the first time with alien atmosphere.

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AROUND TOWN: Two Openings! One at BFP East and Auxiliary!

“Big Strokes and Tiny Lines”
Opening today at Brooklyn Fire Proof East

Location: 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
Hours: http://brooklynfireproofeast.com/about/
Opening: 7:00pm and 10:00pm
Contact: events@brooklynfireproof.com

and

LISA LEVY: “Everyone is a Winner”
Opening today at Auxiliary Projects

Location: 2 St. Nicholas Avenue, Space 25, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm and By Appointment
Reception: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact: auxiliaryprojects@gmail.com

TONIGHT: PERFORMANCY FORUM XXXI: Intention/Intentionality

When: November 11, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: Panoply Performance Laboratory,
104 Meserole Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Contact: Esther Neff
(panoplylab@gmail.com)

“Performance art, video of social action, and live music compose the 31st installment of PERFORMANCY FORUM, a platform for experimental performance practices across disciplines. Each event uses a topic/title as a frame for discussion and analysis of the work. This time, we focus on the intentions of the artist, the intentions of participants, and intentionality as it relates to performance.”

IAN DELEON
http://iandeleon.com/

AYANA EVANS
http://ayanaevans.tumblr.com/

NATASHA JOZI
http://www.natashajozi.com/

ELLEN O’MEARA
http://ellenomeara.com/

MATTHEW GANTT
http://themoneyjungle.tumblr.com/

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Pay-what-you-can: $5 – $15
Brooklyn Brewery available for a suggested donation.
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“What is an intention? What does it mean to ‘have’ or ‘not have’ one? How are intentions subverted, misinterpreted, appropriated, and invented? To what extent does an artist get to decide what their work is ‘about’ and/or how it operates for a live audience in a live situation? To what extent are intentions ’embedded in’ or visible in artwork?”

(Information/Text Source: http://bushwickdaily.com/ai1ec_event/performancy-forum-xxxi-intentionintentionality/?instance_id=1671)

Rebecca Gaffney presents The Children’s Magical Garden II*(F.U.) Opening

at The Living Gallery

TODAY

from 9pm to 12:30am

Rebecca GaffneyThe Ch-ldren’s Magical Garden II (F.U.)

NEW VIDEO ART INSTALLATION
inspired by
THE UNCOLA
ARAGORN
THE Fake French STAND
FIST_FIGHTING BENT-EDGE PUNKS
everlasting queer daisies pushed up like tectonic plates
think pink (but don’t wear it) saran wrap caveman streetwear NYC streets 5000 a.d.
ladies
black dudes
white dudes
the children’s magical garden I
a.v. throw up collage
codeine cough syrup (not anything)
k the one who boils the water
the shepherd and the sweltering sky safety harness
aaac
5m. anything are often wrong
rite

The first children’s magical garden was just a pile of dirt, ozymandias bb?, just a pile of dirt. Is it still there?

Rebecca Gaffney is a video and installation artist, musician, and writer who lives and works in Brooklyn. With roots in the D.I.Y. scene, she has shown and performed at many venues including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Canada Gallery, P.S.1, Louis V. E.S.P., and Bric Arts, where she was featured Video Artist in 2011 at the Bric Arts Gala (with Jon Williams). Recently, she has an art residency at Andes Sprouted Seeds upstate, and her videos were screened at the Festivale de Videoarte in Camaguey, Cuba.

She is most known for blending out-of-phase strobe light, reflections in live camera feedback, light/video/music improvisation, transcendence, happenings, epic collaborations, aerial views, and

A +/- B +/- C +/- D,E,F TBD = TCMG II *

A giant tossed salad of fried mighties, ETC.
An enchanted video forest
C = ~C secret candy food forest heart
Bianca Muerte ~ HARVEST WIZARD

Featuring modern cavemen, animals, and:

Opening October 5th
Mv Carbon
Bryce Hackford
Le Sphinxxx
Agressiva
Alessandra Urso (sho performance)
DJ Half Life Industry of Machines
$5
and cave-y dranks

Closing October 8th
SSPS
Angelina Dreem
Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin
Pure1 Imports
Nyssa Frank
D.J. Maria Minerva
$5
candy drank

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“front line” Opening Reception TONIGHT @ Lorimoto

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Opening Reception TONIGHT

“front line”

Saturday, September 28, 2013
from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

at Lorimoto, 1623 Hancock St. Ridgewood , NY 11385

“The wave of gentrification starts quietly and moves constantly, affecting people, landscape and everything else that compose a neighborhood.

Good and bad, it is inevitable and nostalgia lingers with a melancholic after taste for the passing of time.  Artists have always been pioneers and the driving force in exploring new neighborhoods. The Bushwick / Ridgewood border is currently the very front lines of the Artist Migration.

To represent our presence in a rapidly changing neighborhood, Lorimoto has curated a show titled “front line”  featuring 3 artists.

Artists:

Jonathan Auch –Auch captures images on the street. His large monochrome prints are portraits of random people who he found in the Bushwick / Ridgewood neighborhood. His high contrast photos capture every pore and crease of the human face, suggesting a deep and detailed life story of each individual.

Armas Carino – An architect / painter duo has been collaborating and constructing scaled miniature fragments of brick townhouses. The imagery of destruction prevalent in their work reminds that all things, including humans, eventually  crumble.

Yasuyuki  Takagi – Takagi has been documenting the changing scenery of various Brooklyn neighborhoods for over 12 years. His focus was photographing empty lots in the community. These lots do not exist anymore. Most have been transformed into residential dwellings for the ever-inflating population.”

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or email: info@lorimoto.com / Facebook