JULY–AUGUST 2006Mixed Greens is thrilled to present three installations by collaborative teams. Each artist is known for his or her solo work, but felt it necessary to come together with another to create ambitious, large-scale installations based on a shared dialogue.
Zoë Charlton & Rick Delaney There Goes the Neighborhood
In this socioeconomic critique, a live grass lawn extends from the fire escape into the gallery space. On the grass sit dozens of small, pink suburban homes and a bevy of garden gnomes, transformed from being traditionally white and Dutch into one of seven shades of brown. The gnomes’ shiny ceramic veneers are a sharp contrast to the peeling white picket fence surrounding the grass. The installation is a combination of kitsch and commentary that inspires laughter and critique in equal measure.
Andy Diaz Hope & Laurel Roth Pharmacopia
Centered around a pharmacy counter where everything has spiraled out of control, this installation addresses the pervasiveness of drugs, both medical and recreational. Three medicine cabinets represent the planes of heaven, hell, and Earth. On Earth, the Garden of Eden flourishes amidst the toothpaste tubes and hemorrhoid ointment of daily life. In Purgatory, armies of angel and devil pills fight over tiny pill-encased people sprouting insect wings and legs. Above, in a canopy on the ceiling, hangs a chandelier made of hundreds of razor-sharp syringes, dripping with beads and garlands of multicolored pills. The full installation captures both the allure and danger of drug use without deciding right and wrong.
Frank Olive & Rudy Shepherd The Magetti
A large sculpture called The Magetti marks the entrance to the north gallery. Taken from the 1970s TV show, Land of the Lost, The Magetti has the power to transport people to another time and place. On the show, it was a tiny maquette, but for Olive and Shepherd, it is a full-sized vehicle and metaphor for two years of collaboration.
After initiating their artistic dialogue via faxes between their respective jobs at the Swiss Institute and the Drawing Center, Olive and Shepherd accumulated hundreds of drawings - often hilarious, political, ironic, and satirical catalogues of their everyday. Their installation includes many of these drawings as well as a video starring their alter egos, a robot and a bear. Each represents a complex mix of stereotypes, false labels, sincere fantasies and fears. Although there is no dialogue or a linear storyline, the video highlights the travels of these two characters in the woods, full of pursuits, near misses, and moments of poignant melancholy.
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