MoMA PS1, Long Island City

MoMA PS1 | 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46 Ave., Queens
NY 11101 Long Island City

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(Long Island City, NY, July, 2004) – P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents a long-term site-specific installation, Tylenol Island, by artist collective Dearraindrop (formed Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1995), in the basement bathroom. Dearraindrop has transformed the bathroom into an all-out sensory experience which integrates animation, painting, and collage. This complete environment, a profusion of acidic color, is a complex conflation of the adolescent and the adult.

Dearraindrop’s three founding members— Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, and Billy Grant (who have often collaborated with other artists on past projects)— work together to make paintings, clothing, animation, installations, and video. Though they work in tandem, each member has developed his or her own very personal style.

Joe Grillo attributed the group’s references to Henry Darger, Andy Warhol, Hieronymous Bosch, Ray Johnson, Michael Jackson, Nintendo, Adolf Wolfi, the Rolling Stones, William Burroughs, totemic art, abstract animation, Charles Crumb, Forcefield, Gaudi, Atari, and science fiction, among many others. The name of the group is also a reference—Dearraindrop was generated when two of the artists discovered the word/s scribbled on a discarded scrap of paper.

Dearraindrop has had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects in New York (2004), John Connelly Presents (JCP), in New York (2003), and Hannah Fushihara in Tokyo, Japan (2003).


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Tylenol Island
Gründungsmitglieder Dearraindrop: Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, Billy Grant
Kurator Amy Smith-Stewart