Curator and artist Melody Saraniti investigates the relationships that shape artistic practice by inviting artists who work primarily in figuration or abstraction to each select another artist from the other side of the aisle to exhibit alongside them in the gallery. The title for the exhibition comes from the epic battles of 20th century artists acting to define their world view by way of manifesto, exhibition or late night drunken brawl. Using this title as a jumping off point to explore contemporary artistic identity, the exhibition speaks to the fluid relationships among artists and examines the complexity of ways they navigate, appropriate and value the work of others with seemingly oppositional practices.
In the exhibition, the works of Midwestern artists Robin Dluzen and Amanda Joseph highlight how identity can inform artistic practice. Judith Geichman and Larissa Borteh illustrate how an immediate attraction to another’s work can present a new perspective on the possibilities of painting. The intersection of vibrant paintings by Maria Vergara and Cameron Harvey stresses the importance of formal considerations of color, composition and light. Anne Harris and Dana DeGiulio bring the visceral presence of a work to the forefront, setting aside attempts at classifications or hierarchies.