Openings

Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Cotton Alley: Solo Exhibition Featuring Michael Foerster

Artist Statement:

When I was a kid, I liked the bad guys. Growing up I realized it was the appearances and powers of bad guys in TV and videogames that made them so appealing to me, but still, ideas of world domination and evil schemes excited little me. These days, I wax on about innocence lost and atrocities committed in our backyards and how we can stop the rise of hate in our society; but I still feel the allure of the dark side. I think a lot about my childhood and I wonder how something so sinister was able to creep into a time in my life that I consider so innocent and carefree. This line of thinking led me down a path that questioned the intersection of innocence and evil. What actions that may have seemingly malicious intentions might only be motivated by ignorance or instinct? When animals tear each other to pieces, they only do so out of necessity, but when humans hunt for the head of some exotic beast, it’s out of ego and desire. Murder can be committed out of spite and malice, or out of self-preservation or to protect others. When are evil acts innocent? Were people born innocent, or with darkness already rooted in their hearts? Did Satan choose his path, or did God cruelly create Satan solely to be the incarnation of evil? The floops of Cotton Alley reflect these ideas. Each floop is a unique monstrosity, overwhelmingly kind and gentle, while also ready and willing to rip your arms off and devour your soul. Equal parts silly and murderous, they are the embodiment of violent and heinous acts in the name of love or fear or justice or nature or ignorance or science or necessity or chance or etc. Like sweet sweet puppers who have yet to learn the strength or consequences of their bite, these floops are truly dangerous babies.**

 

**Each floop is merely a representation of bad stuff and would never hurt a fly. Please don’t resent them the horns are just for show I swear.

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Fruiting Bodies
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Fruiting Bodies

Fruiting Bodies by Jennifer Bieniek examines the human biological drive for procreation and narrates this cycle through a mythological journey; delineated through a multi-sensory installation. Drawing from Matthew Barney’s exploration of masculine reproductive drives in The Cremaster Cycle this installation present an allegorical narrative of the feminine reproductive cycle as a way of extending the viewers experience with female biological drives by using biomorphic forms to represent the biological collective. Using narrative as a tool to shape experience, the work considers the biological, cultural, and societal implications to women as life-givers.

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Data Fictions
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Data Fictions

Join us for a pre-show party celebrating true identities. On August 31st, come dressed as your "Facebook categories" to be part of a photo series DATA FICTIONS documenting the border between our physical and online personas, opening next month at Flax.

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Artist Talk with Acidwinzip
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk with Acidwinzip

Join us for an artist talk with Acidwinzip on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm. Drawing from their devout Catholic upbringing, Acidwinzip reexamines the Rosary, with each work corresponding to the mysteries that depict moments leading up to the crucifixion. Reframed as a contemporary narrative, the work explores internet culture/fame and the rise and fall of digital trends while utilizing classical artwork and modern iconography. 

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Artist Talk with India Treat
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk with India Treat

For Contemporary Art Month, Flax Studio will focus on the female centric photography and video work of emerging artist India Treat. Tell Me What It Feels Like and Rituals opened on March 2, 2018 and will close with an artist talk on March 31st at 3pm. The show is comprised of a series of portraits and a video installation addressing the artifice of female identity.

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