Laurel Gitlen is pleased to present Typical Frankenstein, an exhibition organized with
assistance from Anissa Mack, featuring works by Tom Holmes, Anissa Mack, Marlene
McCarty, and Dave McKenzie. The exhibition runs November 30-December 23, 2012 and will
be the last exhibition in our current space at 261 Broome Street. In January, we will
reopen in our new location at 122 Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side.
The body — as a fragment, an abstraction, a monstrous reference — is central to the
works in this exhibition, which examine how the body can persist through its own
replacement or absence, or that which is easily redefined as death. In its obliteration
of the body, death also leaves behind traces: what is recalled or is left behind. These
allusions to death are often paired with absurdity, humor, or perversity mirroring our
cultural confusion surrounding death's expression. Often referencing the figure through
the famous, the fictional, or the remembered, these perversions and transgressions of
the body also have latent and not-so-latent undertones of violence and queer sexuality —
confused and conflated indications of excess with disregard for restraint, transgressing
the boundaries of the self. In Typical Frankenstein, an enlarged slide carrier refers to
an absent publicity image of the late princess Diana, suicide-note style collages place
teenage murderesses in Gap advertisements, disembodied legs resemble reliquaries, and
BooBerry boxes are covered with death masks and bouquets.
Tom Holmes (b. 1975) lives and works in Tennessee. Recent exhibitions include solo
exhibitions at Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Bureau, New York; and group
exhibitions at Marianne Boesky, New York and Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden. Holmes will be
the subject of a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland.
Anissa Mack (b. 1970) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the lumber room residency,
OR; the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Mack's work has been included in several recent group exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar
Gallery, New York; CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France; and the Institute
of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.
Marlene McCarty (b. 1957) lives and works in New York. In 2010, NYU Steinhardt's 80WSE
hosted im into you now, a 30-year survey of McCarty’s work. McCarty has also exhibited
at the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; the Busan Biennial, Korea; the Schirn Kunsthalle,
Frankfurt, Germany; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Istanbul Biennial. As a member of
Gran Fury, the AIDS activist collective, McCarty staged public interventions using the
language of art and advertising that put pressure on politicians and helped bring the
gay and lesbian community into mainstream consciousness. Gran Fury’s work was exhibited
at the 1990 Venice Biennale and the Walker Art Center.
Dave McKenzie (b. 1977) lives and works in New York. McKenzie's work is currently on
view in Blues for Smoke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and in The Living
Years: Art after 1989 at the Walker Art Center. A new performance work will premier at
Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, December 6-9, 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include
the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Susannne Vielmetter and REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the ICA
Boston. McKenzie's work was included in group exhibitions including The Ungovernables:
The Second New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York; Prospect 1: New
Orleans; and Black is, Black Ain't, The Renaissance Society, the University of Chicago.