Saturday, February 20, 2010

Feb.23rd and 24th - ART

Kill Devil Hill Presents:
The Doubtful Guest & Tom DeLaney Solo Project

Curated by Ian Cofré

Kate Burnet & Dan Woerner, Nevermind the High Sign, Single-channel video with sound, 8m30s

On view: February 23 + 24, 12:00 - 9:00 PM

Reception: Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

The Doubtful Guest is a group exhibition that borrows its title from the Edward Gorey classic about an unwanted guest that appears on a "wild winter night." The oddity overtakes the space, and though its curious behaviors seem off-putting at first, the residents are forced to become comfortable with it because "to this day, It has shown no intention of going away." The metaphor holds for contemporary art in general, and specifically in this instance, as the show takes over the antique store, Kill Devil HIll in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, outside the familiar art context to present the work of eight NYC-based artists.

The works exhibited here have an immediate sense of domestic bliss that gives way to characteristics of the erratic disarray of the doubtful guest. There is a tension in the selected pieces between the utterly benign and the sinister that aims to reveal the beauty apparent in controlled chaos. There will also be a special performance by Kate Burnet & Dan Woerner, and a site-specific window installation by Greenpoint-based artist, Gabriela Galván.

Participating Artists:

Silvina Arismendi, Erin Beaver, Kate Burnet & Dan Woerner, Christopher Chiappa, Gabriela Galván, Jayson Keeling, Leah Raintree

Project Space:

Tom DeLaney Solo Project

Baby Dinosaurs Vs. Extinction, 2010, Graphite on paper, 15” x 12 ½”

Tom DeLaney (b. 1977 - Tallahassee, FL) is a Brooklyn-based artist who takes visual samples and segments of ordinary life to elevate them into contemplative objects with deft drawing skill. This is Tom's first solo show, presenting recent works and selected pieces from the past four years.

Ian Cofre is a Brooklyn-based, independent curator, working primarily with emerging artists. With the founders of Kill Devil Hill, he recently co-organized The Menus of Chanterelle (2010), a retrospective of the unique menu collection designed exclusively for the pioneering downtown restaurant, Chanterelle, which parallels the last thirty years of contemporary art. Previous shows include Southern Exposure at
Dumbo Arts Center (2009), and The LouvreFRITOS at Cuchifritos Gallery (2008).

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