press release

Opening: September 13, 6-8 pm

POP POLITICS POWER featuring the works of Robert Boyd, Martha Rosler and Carolee Schneemann brings together artists from different generations whose works seamlessly integrate socio-political dichotomies with personal, subjective observations. Incorporating divergent strains of popular culture such as music, fashion, consumerism and the media, the works of these artists reflect the pervasive influence that Pop, in all its aspects, has over our lives. The work in this exhibition also reflects on the history of mass media culture that has so influenced the perception and lives of the second half of the 20th and continues to do so in this century.

Robert Boyd will premier two new videos, "Heaven's Little Helper" (from the series "Xanadu") and a corresponding work, "Exit Strategy", both 2005. The videos take infamous Doomsday cults of the past four decades such as the Manson Family, the People's Temple, Heaven's Gate and Aum Shinrikyo, as their subject. Incorporating archival footage culled from sources all over the world, Boyd's videos tweak, condense and re-frame modern events into seconds-long image bites, re-presenting history as MTV-style music videos. Falling somewhere between parody and harbinger, the videos suggest that a culture permeated by a literal belief of the Apocalypse may unknowingly (or perhaps knowingly!) create a self-fulfilling prophecy, thereby fashioning its own demise.

Martha Rosler's photomontage series "Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful," c. 1967-72, is by now one of her best -known bodies of work. In these montages, Rosler inserted images of war into the windows or interior spaces of perfect suburban homes . Most of Rosler's work engages with social issues, which are manifested at sites as various as the kitchen, the television set, the streets and the transport systems. In Bringing the War Home, New Series, from 2004, shown in this exhibition Rosler uses again the clashing images of "joyful consumerism" with those of wartime explosions and soldiers in action, this time in Afghanistan and Iraq. In "Cellular" four smiling girls on cellular phones are set before a background of the bombardment of Baghdad and in "Back Garden" a row of fashion models walk in a beautifully landscaped garden where between the bushes a soldier stands with gun pointed above some dead bodies and, in the background, women in full veil sit on a bench.

Carolee Schneemann will present two works, "Devour", 2003-4, a single-channel version of the artist's multi-channel video installation of the same title, and a video transfer of her influential film "Viet Flakes," 1965. Of "Devour" Schneemann writes that this work features, "a range of images edited to contrast evanescent, fragile elements with violent, concussive, speeding fragments... political disasters, domestic intimacy, and ambiguous menace." A dense montage, the video reflects images that bombard us on a daily level. News clips of political and social tumult mix with sensuous images that are intended to seduce and attract-violence juxtaposed with the act of consumption-consumption as an act of denial, a negation of the world around us. "Viet Flakes" is composed from an obsessive collection of Vietnam War images, compiled over five years from foreign magazine and newspapers. Broken rhythms and visual fractures are heightened by a sound collage by James Tenney of Vietnamese religious chants, secular songs, fragments of Bach, 60s pop hits.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Elga Wimmer PCC and LMAKprojects, NY


Robert Boyd is an interdisciplinary installation artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, Art in America, TimeOut NY, Newsday, Art Monthly and Flash Art. He has exhibited widely in the United States, Mexico and Europe at venues such as; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, 00130 Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, MX, White Box, NYC, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, FR, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, Schroeder Romero, Brooklyn, NY and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY. His forthcoming solo exhibition "Xanadu" will take place at Participant Inc., NYC, in 2006. He has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Cuts and Burns Residency Program at the Outpost, Brooklyn, NY, Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain and at the Ringling School of Art and Design/New College of USF, Sarasota, FL. In 2004 he was awarded an Artists Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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LMAKprojects (Chelsea):

mit Robert Boyd, Martha Rosler, Carolee Schneemann