Critical Condition, curated by Robert Attanasio, seeks to shake us out of our slumber by bringing together four artists whose work shines a spotlight on the artifices threatening to overtake us. Discussing the hypocrisy of modern warfare, the hypnotic methods of advertising and the mindless acceptance of the status quo, these artists provoke viewers to confront the corporate power structure while proposing new ways of seeing. They are artists as critics, dismissive of the approach of "business as usual" and "art for art's sake." Being blunt is the new subtlety.
Robert Attanasio's work is at once mischievous and thought provoking. Asking viewers to reconsider the obvious with his sly depiction of everyday concerns, he pushes the boundaries of how we perceive and understand daily life and its struggles. His favorite target is the art world, but the “real” world is always part of the equation.
gilf! challenges viewers to transcend the mind-numbing effects of the syndicated voice by inviting them to change positions in front of her work. At the proper angle, hidden words pop off the wall addressing hypnotic and manipulative concepts. The artist’s response to these formulas, muted in the background, offers an alternative to the manipulations.
Bob Seng deconstructs symbols that command compliance. EXIT signs and American flags are subjected to scraping, fire, even caustic treatments that parallel current political and economic processes.
Adam Taye's camouflaged target series depicts the notion of hiding in plain sight. While confounding the hunter, these pieces question the true target, or desired result, of our combative nature.