AES+F "Last Riot 2"
Artist Reception: Thursday, November 15th , 6-8pm
Exhibition: November 15th – December 29th , 2007
Claire Oliver Gallery, 513 West 26th Street, NY
www.ClaireOliver.com / (212) 929-5949
Admission is Free
Claire Oliver Gallery is proud to present AES+F’s “Last Riot 2” November 16 – December 31 with an artists’ reception November 15th 6 – 8 pm.
Enthusiastically received in the Russian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Last Riot 2 presents the viewer with a new world of fantasy landscape mutated and frozen in time where the past epoch is a close neighbor with the future of science fiction. Inspired by the work of Baroque masters such as Caravaggio, AES+F explore contemporary heroism in an era when everything, including war, is sanitized. The heroes of the “Last Riot” are androgynous teenagers; existing in an animated virtual world devoid of judgment and ideology.
In this new world, even real war appears to work as a video game; paradisiacal and cataclysmic images exist as one, no difference can be discerned between victim and aggressor; no pain or blood is evident. Mythology and glamorous, seductive yet alarming artificially hyper-real humans inhabit AES+F’s brave new world, celebrating the end of history and ethic.
In addition to the 52nd edition of the Venice Biennale, AES+F’s work has been recently exhibited at the 10th Istanbul Biennial, The Cobra Museum, Netherlands, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Casino Luxemburg, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. This will be the second solo exhibition of the artists’ work at Claire Oliver Gallery.