Queen's Nails Projects is pleased to present Cheap Trick, an exhibition in two parts of artists that employ methods of illusion, social intervention and the practical joke as subversive art strategies. Often executed using humor, the works in Cheap Trick provoke the viewer to examine hierarchies in contemporary visual culture, examining the associations that come with various mediums as well as art world personas. There are many dichotomies that exist within the exhibition: the art is both ironic and literal, real and fake, deceptive and truthful. The work ushers us into a realm where nothing should be taken at face value and we embrace that the joke is on us.
Cheap Trick Part 2(October 22nd- November 5th) presents the work of Oakland based Jonah Susskind and New York based Zefrey Throwell.
Jonah Susskind is an Artist probably known best for his paintings, sculptures, and performances that use trickery and irony as a medium. He makes works that recontextualize the art of tromp l'oeil within today's art world politique. His paintings of plywood and 2 x 4's sit on the floor like discarded scrap. They oscillate between various degrees of phoniness and effortlessly transgress the fine lines between painting and sculpture. Likewise, his performances cleverly question their own authenticity, blurring the lines between performance and reality, reminding us that these definitions depend greatly on who their audiences are. His projects run a wide gamut of modes, materials and complexities, all of them seeking to proudly overstate their understated realities through a unique language of ironic illusion and quiet foolishness.
Zefrey Throwell is an artist living and working in New York City. Investigating honest communication, in all its varied plumage, is his aim. Working with video, radio, painting and people he is exploring the connecting points and underpinnings of social discourse. He is a member of three collectives: THROWHITE, Red76 and Cameracartell. In addition he co-directs a gallery called Engineer's Office Gallery in the heart of Rockefeller Center, www.engineersofficegallery.com
Throwell works with Gallery 138 in New York and is a regular contributing member to Art International Radio and was recently included in the 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennale, has had recent performances at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2010), Queens Museum of Art (2010), the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2009), Studio Museum in New York (2009) and projects at Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin (2010) and Photo Miami (2009). He has work in the Museum of Modern Art collection as well as the Hall collection.