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Exhibition Detail
Curated by: Paulina Bebecka
54 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

December 9th, 2010 - January 8th, 2011
Succi , Monica CookMonica Cook, Succi ,
2009 , oil on canvas , 48 x 48 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & Postmasters
Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 11-6; Thu 11-8

During the month of continuous celebrations let’s rejoice in the most important activities of our lives, the consumption of edibles and copulation with a show of works by SEAN BLUECHEL, MONICA COOK, MICHAEL MEADS, and MARILYN MINTER. The exhibition is set to music: S MARK GUBB's church organ interpretation of the Europe's very fitting tune "The Final Countdown".
It is quite obvious that eating and fornicating are activities residing on top of the list for beings of all sorts, including the Homo sapiens. If we could have our way, we would probably spend our entire days just nibbling, grazing, and devouring food as well as our sexual partners, be it a person, another animal, or our own hand. These corporal activities are complicated by our inherent gluttony and insatiable desires; where the need for eating and reproducing is indisputable, the “perversion [here] is the exercise of a desire which serves no purpose, like the exercise of the body which gives itself up to love with no intention of procreation.”[1]
MONICA COOK’s painting, “Succi,” lures us with a literal clusterfuck of insatiable indulgence while MICHAEL MEADS’s photographic portraits provide an insight into young men’s minds and their imaginative sexual explorations, which took place in his studio during the '90s. SEAN BLUECHEL’s work is a portion of absurdity and humor with a dash of perversion and a pinch of ridicule, served on standard white paper, finished with a sharpie. These drawings provoke us to recognize and face, with laughter or discomfort our own dirty minds. If anyone can make peas or lemons look sexy, MARILYN MINTER is the champion; here we present six paintings from the series 100 Food Porn.

Instead of discussing it in much more detail, as we all know these activities too well; I won’t write a PhD about it, I’ll just show you what happened when these artists encountered, thought about, twisted and churned out work with food and sex in mind.
- Paulina Bebecka

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