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Anton Kern Gallery: It's Always Summer On The Inside
Lara Schnitger & My Barbarian
- 10 July 2012 to 17 Aug 2012

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10 July 2012 to 17 Aug 2012
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
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Artists in this exhibition: Rita Ackermann, Miriam Cahn, David Dupuis, Mark Flood, Mary Heilmann, Lothar Hempel, Sean Landers, Dan McCarthy, Keith Mayerson, Marlene McCarty, Matthew Monahan, Robert Moskowitz, Joyce Pensato, Jack Pierson, Andreas Schulze, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, Philip TaaffeDan Walsh, Robin Winters, Lara Schnitger, My Barbarian


Itʼs Always Summer on the Inside
Exhibition organized by Dan McCarthy

July 10 – August 17, 2012

The exhibition’s title is taken from an advertisement for surfing wetsuits from the 1970s. Using an Oneil wetsuit promised that once inside your new second skin, Summer was awaiting.

The title itself is comprised of two somewhat contradictory parts: It’s Always Summer and On the Inside, which is unusual in that Summer typically conjures images of the Outside. This conceptual bridge between the two distinct parts of the exhibition’s title functions like a Zen Koan and forms the crux of the exhibition.

Which begs the question: what or where is The Inside?

The artists included in the exhibition tend to work in an intuitive, direct and personal manner. Their subject and method indicate an investment in meaning rather than creating artworks that mirror or approximate social gestures. The cultivation of a personal interior space or Inside allows room for psychic and emotional development, a place to organize memories, emotions and wishes into coherent forms: paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Through the creation of a personal proposal, expression thus becomes a type of truth seeking. This position requires a conviction of personal freedom and confidence; exploring possibilities through hand painted signs and personally invested images. The paintings and drawings included in this exhibition are chosen for their canny ability to project a version of not simply Summer but Summer on the Inside.

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Lara Schnitger & My Barbarian

The Butterfly's Evil SpellThe Butterfly's Evil Spell is a collaboration among the three members of LA based collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade) and sculptor Lara Schnitger. Playing between the dramatic spaces of fantasy and realism, the piece uses a fragmentary Symbolist theater text from 1920 by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, entitled El Maleficio de La Mariposa, as a starting point. The artists responded with a performance video and installation that re-stages scenes from the play in elaborate sculptural costumes. The group also generated original material drawn from the circumstances in their own interconnected lives, shot on location in their shared LA studio, extending a relationship between imagination and social reality.

El Maleficio de La Mariposa, with a cast of talking insects, tells the story of a mother beetle whose son is "going to be a poet" against her wishes. The son, in another scene, abandons his girlfriend Sylvia because he is "in love with the butterflies," a wistful declaration that carries notes of both poetry and prohibited sexual desire, linking the two. The artists perform these scenes in the video, wearing masks and costumes that become sculptures in the installation. In complementary scenes, the artists act out episodes that reflect their own lives: Gordon, who is pregnant, talks to Schnitger, who has a five year old, about her anxieties; Gaines and Segade, a gay married couple, re-negotiate the complexities of their long-term relationship. The Butterfly's Evil Spell draws parallels between feminist and queer political identities while locating the space for making these connections in the ludic realm of play. Emphasizing the theatrical conditions of this play-space, the video begins with a sung adaptation of Golden Age Spanish playwright Calderon de La Barca's famous Life is A Dream soliloquy, and ends with the dance of the butterflies, in which the four artists become a chorus line of fabric-clad dancers whose wings are decorated with slogans from the women's and gay right's movements of the 70s (when most of the members of the group were born), finally leading them to strip off their costumes and reconnect with the imminence of their bodies.


The exhibitions open on Tuesday, July 10th and will run through Friday, August 17th, 2012. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 6 pm.

For further information and images, please contact the gallery at info@antonkerngallery.com.Anton Kern Gallery 532 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011 tel 212.367.9663 fax 212.367.8135 www.antonkerngallery.com

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