In July and August of 2011, NEW CAPITAL visited ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions) in Steuben, Wisconsin. We met with their residents and other Visiting Artists to discuss projects they were working on at the residency. From those conversations we developed a short series of events and exhibitions in partnership with ACRE, featuring the work of Mikey McParlane, Matthew Lane, Michael Sirianni, Lauren Payne, Chris Hammes, and Allison Yasukawa These projects by ACRE residents will be produced at NEW CAPITAL in 2012.
McPARLANE/Apocalypse in the Pleasure Gardens
When Anger inaugurated the pleasure dome, he not only gave the viewer access to an inner world, but also permission and inspiration to describe one’s own figures, landscapes, and seductions. Although paths to the pleasure gardens are well-worn, their origins remain diverse.
Is it possible for an artist to re-perform recent histories without mimicking them, and is there any difference?
Mikey McParlane borrows from many sources to create environments of constant sensual pleasure and erotic display. In his videos, portraits of the artist inhabit and mutate into a field of endocrinological decay, couched in baroque splendor. McParlane’s apocalypse replaces expected references to social utopias with images of personal ornament that hypnotically oscillate as his movements quiver. These tableau vivants quiet the viewer to McParlane’s romantic expression of recognizably primal emotions.
During McPARLANE/Apocalypse in the Pleasure Gardens, the audience is invited to mingle with the work. The performance will take place from 8pm-11pm on Friday, February 10th.