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Arts &\; Sciences PR OJECTS presents “Get bitter\, and cling to guns or religio n or award shows…” a group exhibition curated by Brooklyn-based ph otographer Carl Gunhouse.

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“Get Bitter” continues Gunhouse’s exploration of consumer culture and the failed A merican dream\, themes explored in his recent American Desire exhibition at Arts &\; Sciences PROJECTS.

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Featuring a range of works in photo graphy\, video\, sculpture\, and performance from Tanyth Berkeley\, Gina Dawson\, Jenny Drumgoole\, Calvin Lee and Christine Rogers\, “Get Bitter” brings together artists that focus on the in tersections between popular culture and the current state of America.

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Calvin Lee’s eloquent photographs of images and image-makers in Los Ange les invite you to lose yourself in a carefree world of decadent superficial ity\, a world distant from ever-increasing unemployment\, slumping housing prices and political gridlock. The desire to be connected to the rewards th at come to the celebrities who inhabit popular culture are lived out in Gin a Dawson’s hand-carved wooden trophies\, created while watching award shows . Hollywood dreams can start with the purest of desires and quickly descend into a very dark place\, as captured in Jenny Drumgoole’s loving and bizar re performance videos. Yet these illusions of luxury bottom out into our cu rrent reality as seen in Tanyth Berkeley’s touching portraits of aging pros titutes\, photographed just before the point when age intervenes to bring t heir desperate last-ditch careers to a halt. Christine Rogers rounds out th e show with a disarming video in which she lip-synchs a YouTube clip of a s mall child reciting the Lord’s Prayer. This familiar bedtime ritual is perf ormed for an unknown internet audience in hopes that some greater power (Go d help us) will be looking over us in these troubled times.

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