Ridiculous-ness: Exchanges on Constructed Realities
When Ice Cube Gallery's usually solid exhibition schedule hit a gap, co-op member Sarah Rockett had an idea for how to fill it. She proposed to mount a group show – her first as a curator – inspired by the ultimate ridiculousness of leading a life of slavish adherence to status quo rules and systems. “It boils down to the idea of us perpetuating systems we live in, which are not necessarily ideal,” she explains, and to explore the concept, she chose seven local artists – Theresa Anderson, Katie Caron, Suchitra Mattai, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Frankie Toan, Rebecca Vaughan and Peter Yumi, a combination of people, some with RedLine ties, and groundbreaking ideas – to add unique perspectives to the theme.
“I already had an idea of the aesthetic I was looking for, in a broad sense, so I wanted to make sure to include artists who use a bit of levity or comedy in their work rather than traditional political satire, which is so in-your-face,” says Rockett. “That just stuns people rather than inviting them into a conversation.
“I'm curious to see how all the artists are going to work together in the space,” she adds. “This is my first time curating. I'd been feeling like I wanted to have a larger discussion with the public, and curating seemed like a good way to do that.”
See the results and weigh in on that discussion at Ridiculous-ness: Exchanges on Constructed Realities, which opens February 12 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ice Cube, 3320 Walnut Street. The show continues through February 27; for more information, visit icecubegallery.com.
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