Pie in the Face
“When it became obvious what a dumb and cruel and spiritually and financially and militarily ruinous mistake our war in Vietnam was, every artist worth a damn in this country, every serious writer, painter, stand-up comedian, musician, actor and actress, you name it, came out against the thing. We formed what might be described as a laser beam of protest, with everybody aimed in the same direction, focused and intense. This weapon proved to have the power of a banana-cream pie three feet in diameter when dropped from a stepladder five-feet high.”
- Kurt Vonnegut (2003)
Pie in the Face takes Kurt Vonnegut’s voiced frustration and expands upon it to show our current societal sense of shared cultural anxiety. The exhibition, curated by Brooklyn-based painter Keith Sklar, is conceived of as kind of 4" x 5" blurry snapshot of art informed by living at this critical juncture; a time torn by forces both global and local, threatening and benign.
On view are works in a variety of media ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and video. These works, for example, include luminous tragicomic paintings, a wishing well filled with black muck, a video of naked mole rats, sensuous EEG images of emotional states, and a photograph of a wired ROTC cadet. Just like the sentiments coming forth from Vonnegut, the artists in Pie in the Face stir our emotions with works that are at once, funny, smart, deadpan, and frightening.
Aidas Bareikis. Sculpture.
Matthew Connors. Digitally altered photography.
Sara Hunsucker. Sculpture
Clint Jukkala. Painting.
Kristi Kent. Painting.
Eva Lee. Video
Anthony Lepore Photography.
Adrian Meraz,. Sculpture.
Pawel Wojtasik. Video.
Ana Wolovick. Painting
“Pie in the Face” ARTIST’S BIOS:
Aidas Bareikis is a sculptor based in
Matt Connors is a photographer based in
Sara Hunsucker is a multidisciplinary artist based in
Clint Jukkala is a painter based in
Kristi Kent is a multidisciplinary artist based in
Eva Lee is a video installation artist based in CT. Her exhibitions include: the
Anthony Lepore is a photographer based in LA. His exhibitions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, (
Adrian Meraz is a sculptor based in
Pawel Wojtasik is a video installation artist based in
Ana Wolovick is a multidiscipline artist based in
Keith Sklar is a painter based in