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Cuchifritos is proud to presen t "Data Panic\," an exhibition of five artists whose work deals in various ways with breakdown and decay in societal and political contexts\, an apt s ubject during one of the worst worldwide economic crises since the Great De pression. The artists are Pedro Barbeito\, Kim Beck\, Justen Ladda\, Ferna ndo Mastrangelo\, and the late Paul Thek. "Data Panic" makes reference to "Datapanik in the Year Zero\," a 1996 experimental punk-rock album by the C leveland-based band Pere Ubu. This seminal album in turn referred to the 19 62 film "Panic in Year Zero!" Directed by Ray Milland\, the film portrays t he panic and subsequent efforts at survivalism of a suburban Los Angeles fa mily in the wake of a nuclear explosion.

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It would appear that the general trend of societal optimism of the 1950 s and ‘60s that was again heightened during the 1990s has been rapidly erod ed and replaced by doubt and mistrust. In a period of extreme uncertainty\, we have become accustomed to widespread political deception and financial fraud. Barak Obama's election may\, however\, signify a renewal of lost opt imism and hope. "Data Panic" offers multiple takes on panic\, fragility\, a nd resolve\, as in the complex relationship of content and process in Pedro Barbieto's large painterly depiction of a black vortex. Superlative craft and sly humor subvert the depicted literal object in Justen Ladda's non-ref lective "mirror\," a portrait of a dark void. Kim Beck's comic signage rein vents populist imagery in a new context\, and Fernando Mastrangelo's lonely ribbon sculpture\, removed from the rest of its love tattoo source\, repre sents isolation and a loss of confidence and trust. Paul Thek's delicate "B roken Glass" etching lends an eerie echo of decades past\, particularly the horrific crisis of AIDS\, from which he died in 1988.

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DTEND:20090418 DTSTAMP:20141122T214954 DTSTART:20090305 GEO:40.7135097;-73.9859414 LOCATION:Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space\,120 Essex Street inside Essex Street Market\nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Data Panic\, Pedro Barbeito\, Kim Beck\, Justen Ladda\, Fernando Ma strangelo\, Paul Thek UID:45332 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20090307T180000 DTSTAMP:20141122T214954 DTSTART:20090307T160000 GEO:40.7135097;-73.9859414 LOCATION:Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space\,120 Essex Street inside Essex Street Market\nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Data Panic\, Pedro Barbeito\, Kim Beck\, Justen Ladda\, Fernando Ma strangelo\, Paul Thek UID:45333 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR