Neo-Tang is an ambitious group show curated by Max Morris and Paul Nudd that consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and performances by some of the Midwest’s most daring and vibrant (mostly) underground artists. The opening will double as a release party for the publication Corpus Corpus 12: Neo-Tang which includes multiple artists featured on the show and will be for sale for $20.
Neo-Tang is about artificiality, fakeness, and the unnatural order of things. Artificial flavors, false culture, plastics everywhere, anti-caking agents, Polydimethylsiloxane, anti-info, cheese dust, monounsaturated fats and oils, black mayonnaise, the unchecked and unfettered. Neo-Tang is an homage to the pre-adolescent Adderall spiked KOOL-AID Ritalin laced sugar tweeker universe. Our collective ADHD. KOOL-AID (Tang, Flavor-AID, etc.) is a cultural phenomenon and quintessentially American emblem. Revelry in dystopian consumerism.
We look at the theme of Kool-Aid and fake Tang as a cultural phenomenon, as a vehicle for cyanide and LSD, as a low-brow consumable and post-war chemical wonder. The larger themes, we suppose, are artificiality and fakeness, the current unnatural order of things, cultishness and chemical mind expansion, the endgame, the invasion of plastics in our minds and environment, processed culture, and the deliberate policy-driven framing of information.
All participating artists, including the publication and the exhibition:
Molly Colleen O’Connell
Onsmith & Nudd
Charles Roberts III
Amanda Joy Calobrisi
Andy Douglas Day
Chris Cajero Cilla
Earwig H Hairplug
Neo-Tang will be on view from May 7th through May 21st. Join us for the opening at Co-Prosperity on May 7th from 6 to 9 pm.* That same night, Sanctified by Rainn Thomas will be opening in the windows of Co-Pro. More information will be available at coprosperity.org.
*You must be fully vaccinated and all are advised to wear a mask. Let’s continue to keep each other and our communities safe. Proof of vaccination will be required.