Styleheads / Ornamentalschmentalism / Exoticaschmatica
Who's Afriad of Pattern and Decoration?
Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts is pleased to announce the group exhibition “Who’s Afraid of Pattern and Decoration?” running from July 1 through August 11.
“In fact, while Pattern and Decoration has often been seen as a rebellion against the austere rigors of late modernism, a way of reclaiming simpler and more spontaneous pleasures, the patterning impulse can just as easily be seen as proceeding from one of the bases of modernist esthetics.” - Barry Schwabsky, New York Times
Chris Bogia – Meditation on Johnathan Adler Pillow
The sculptures themselves are assemblages of intricate hand-made yarn renderings, found furnishings and decorative objects, constructed furniture, and ephemera. I curate the objects into a sort of shrine or alter in the vernacular of interior design (trends ranging from the 1950s to the present). The hand-made yarn renderings are the focal point, with the other materials acting in concert to conjure an abstracted, "fictional interior space" - suggesting a more general narrative about the belongings present, and the people who live with them.
The Photos reflect a more personal narrative, usually depicting myself - sometimes with a model, performing an action within the space of each sculpture. The actions depicted are often aestheticized interpretations of the kinds of rituals associated with gay sex. The poses reference classical forms of devotion, traditional gay sex (poppers, enemas etc), intuitive movement, and camp.
Catherine Lan – Little Red Riding Hood 2010I utilize fashion elements to explore themes of female identity. I use collage and assemblage techniques to create Baroque-style structure of folded fabric that deconstruct the pop mythos of classical narrative characters.
Julie Phillips – Veil Aqua, Blue, and Red
My paintings are “elegant remnants” which evoke a sense of old world beauty and of something that has witnessed the passing of time. My technique creates a contradiction that is both historical and contemporary in the overall effect.