The Parlour Bushwick is pleased to be a part of “Exchange Rates – The Bushwick Expo”. The artists in this exhibition all come from different perspectives in how they go about creating work. Fictional melodramas, obscure narratives and theoretical based practices seem like an unlikely combination for an exhibition yet the artists have one thing in common in their desire to look to the past to create in the present. Furthermore, it is interesting to note how their choice of inspiration influences their personal aesthetic.
In her video “Dolly Presley”, Cate Giordano fuses two Southern American icons to create a mythological character that plays the part of a struggling waitress in a luncheonette. “As a work in progress”, we are witness to her dealings with her complaining husband and a former love that enters the diner. By transforming Dolly and Elvis into one gender and depicting them as a common waitress, “Dolly Presley” describes a dystopian world of unfufillment and lost love.
Loosely based on a cartoon character from E.C. Segars comic strip of the 1930’s Chris Patch uses the technique of the block print to create naive imagery that looks like it could have been created in “the olden days”.
“Echo-Cham-ber ” comprised of Andre De Jong, Andrew Lacon, and Cathy Wade take a more philosophical approach to their art-making process. Using Carl Andre’s Equivalence Series as a starting point the “collaborative” devise a methodology of creating art that takes into consideration the intention and process that went into a historical work of art i.e the “Equivalence Series”.