François Ghebaly presents Material Underground, a group exhibition with works by Mike Kuchar, Andra Ursuta, Patrick Jackson and Anna Betbeze.
Working since the early 1960’s, Mike Kuchar has created prolific bodies of work in both drawing and film/video. When speaking of his two practices Kuchar has described them as “a projection of visions in your mind that you either put on paper or you try to achieve that effect when you’re behind the camera.” This show will include several of Mike’s original drawings for publications such as Meatmen, Gay Heart Throbs and Manscape. The video Statue in the Park (1996) will also be screened, which tells the story of two strippers who venture into the park to see a statue that “will make you kind of horny.”
All three sculptures by Andra Ursuta have a relation to the body, food and violence. Pepper Sprayis an assemblage of police batons and mushroom themed salt and pepper shakers. Speed Bag of Bread is both a punching bag and a bread bag, while Untitled is a scythe made from bicycle parts.
There will be several Dirt Piles on Tables made by Patrick Jackson. These pieces result from craigslist searches for coffee tables of varying genres. Those tables are then piled with hand squeezed portions of mud, which dry, are soaked with epoxy and result in a hardened dirt shell, which also looks a bit like excrement.
Anna Betbeze will contribute Noir, a wool carpet that’s been painted, sculpted and otherwise attacked. The result of this material transgression is red over black, or perhaps, considering the piece’s title, a black widow.