Moris (Israel Meza Moreno)
Lactic (Randi Shandroski)
curated by Victoria Duffee
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10th, 2014 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: July 10th – August 1st, 2014
The Kravets/Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of F__K__U, a group exhibition curated by Victoria Duffee, featuring the work of Alex Bienstock, Devin Kenny, Sandy Kim, Abby Lloyd, Moris (Israel Meza Moreno), Justin Samson and Lactic (Randi Shandroski). The show will open on Thursday, July 10th and run through August 1st, 2014.
The exhibition’s title echoes Tupac’s last words
recalled by a police officer in a recent Buzzfeed
article. Each artist’s work in this exhibition focuses on abstracted text and master signifiers assigned to popular icons, historical incidents and trends. When Tupac said “Fuck You” it took on a more ethereal and true sound… Was Tupac just saying “Fuck You” to the cop asking “Who shot you?” or was it a bigger statement? Should we ask his hologram?
Focusing on our changing relationship to text due to the information mega-stream of the internet, the participating artists create work that relates to how language is used, manipulated, satirized and omitted. Photo based non-narratives like scrolling through Facebook, sarcastic layering of corporate imagery and slogans, complicated authorship, and familiar statements mixed with ubiquitous symbols of identity such as Infinite tie dye, spikes, and rubber.
While using visual puns, cryptic language, made up correspondence, and every day phrases each artist has a distinct approach and sensibility while sharing a similar kind of attitude.