“When it became obvious what a dumb and cruel and spiritually and financially and militarily ruinous mistake our war in Vietnam was, every artist worth a damn in this country, every serious writer, painter, stand-up comedian, musician, actor and actress, you name it, came out against the thing. We formed what might be described as a laser beam of protest, with everybody aimed in the same direction, focused and intense. This weapon proved to have the power of a banana-cream pie three feet in diameter when dropped from a stepladder five-feet high.”
- Kurt Vonnegut (2003)
Pie in the Face takes Kurt Vonnegut’s voiced frustration and expands upon it to show our current societal sense of shared cultural anxiety. The exhibition, curated by Brooklyn-based painter Keith Sklar, is conceived of as kind of 4" x 5" blurry snapshot of art informed by living at this critical juncture; a time torn by forces both global and local, threatening and benign.
On view are works in a variety of media ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and video. These works, for example, include luminous tragicomic paintings, a wishing well filled with black muck, a video of naked mole rats, sensuous EEG images of emotional states, and a photograph of a wired ROTC cadet. Just like the sentiments coming forth from Vonnegut, the artists in Pie in the Face stir our emotions with works that are at once, funny, smart, deadpan, and frightening.
Aidas Bareikis. Sculpture.
Matthew Connors. Digitally altered photography.
Sara Hunsucker. Sculpture
Clint Jukkala. Painting.
Kristi Kent. Painting.
Eva Lee. Video
Anthony Lepore Photography.
Adrian Meraz,. Sculpture.
Pawel Wojtasik. Video.
Ana Wolovick. Painting
“Pie in the Face” ARTIST’S BIOS:
Aidas Bareikis is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. Emigrating from Vilnius, Lithuania Bareikis has show extensively nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), IBID Projects (London), Center For Contemporary Art (Berlin), P.S.1/MoMA and Leo Koenig (NY). Bareikis is represented by Leo Koenig Inc.
Matt Connors is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Milan Stockholm and Madrid, and is currently an assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
Sara Hunsucker is a multidisciplinary artist based in San Diego and LA. Currently enrolled in the MFA program at University of California, San Diego, she has exhibited at Marcus Gallery in San Diego and in LA at 4F, Sixteen:One, 2102 and Taylor de Cordoba.
Clint Jukkala is a painter based in New Haven, CT. His exhibitions include Envoy Gallery (NY), Decordova Museum (MA). He is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Art. Jukkala is represented by Envoy Gallery, NY.
Kristi Kent is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her exhibitions include: Carl Berg Gallery and the Korean Cultural Center (LA), Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Kaus Australis and Art Affairs in the Netherlands.
Eva Lee is a video installation artist based in CT. Her exhibitions include: the Aldrich Contemporary Museum and Real Artways in Connecticut and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon and P.S.122 galleries in New York.
Anthony Lepore is a photographer based in LA. His exhibitions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, (Kansas City, MO), the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (China), Marvelli Gallery (NY), and Bernard Toale Gallery (Boston). Lepore is represented by Marvelli Gallery.
Adrian Meraz is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. His exhibitions include: the Santa Monica Museum of Art, 4F Gallery (LA), and Artspace (New Haven, CT).
Pawel Wojtasik is a video installation artist based in Brooklyn. Emigrating from Poland, Wojtasik has shown extensively nationally and internally. His exhibitions include: the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), P.S.1/MoMA, Alona Kagan Gallery, and on PBS television (NY). Film festivals include Athens, Beijing, San Francisco, and Toronto. Wojtasik is represented by Alona Kagan Gallery.
Ana Wolovick is a multidiscipline artist based in Brooklyn. She has been in numerous group shows in the U.S. and Europe. Her collaborative works with sculptor Charles Long are in several public collections including: MoMA (NY), Harvard Fogg Art Museum (MA), and the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).
Keith Sklar is a painter based in Brooklyn after years of living in LA. His exhibitions include LACMA, MoCA, SFMoMA, UC Berkeley Art Museum, San Jose Museum, Scottsdale MoCA (AZ), Santa Monica Museum of Art., Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Carl Berg Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland (ME), Artspace (CT), and shows in Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.