Polar Bear, 1980
WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form at Raw Material Company - Dakar, Senegal
Pekka Halonen (Finland 1865-1933)
oil on cardboard 42 x 51 cm
Helsinki, Ateneum Taidemuseo
8/23/14 - 9/28/14
LVL3 is excited to present Whiteface: a two-person exhibition featuring New Orleans-based Stephen Collier and Los Angeles-based Ben Sanders. Collier’s work is rooted in cultural and historical artifact and brings to attention the unknown or the uncertainty of facts. Sanders explores social themes while creating personal mythologies around food, race, faith, language, appropriation, and artistic production. Whiteface alludes to the origins of the clown and the development of the character throughout history. As one of the most important theatrical designs of the 1800’s, the whiteface clown grew from a sophisticated character into a clumsy one, of which modern society now associates with. Whiteface as the basis of a costumed character plays with both identity roles as well as a wide range of emotional expressions. Similarly within the constructs of whiteface and character association, Collier and Sanders’ play encourages viewers to look beyond the colored surfaces that exist in their work.Saturday, August 23, 20146:00pm – 10:00pm
i’m calling bullshit on this. wait, aren’t the two artists involved white? from a quick google search, it appears so, but i could be wrong. regardless, i think the title of the show is trying hard to be subversive, but it all just turns out to be offensive. it is especially in poor taste with what is happening in America right now, but the timing might not be their fault. maybe they are doing it for press? any press is good press? this show kind of reminds of the racist show rob pruitt and jack early did a few years back that almost ended both of their careers. this press release doesn’t give enough information to justify the title.