Don’t Miss: Flash Art

By on September 7, 2016

Celebrated millennial artists take over a gallery, perhaps with ice cream or maybe body parts.

HOLY MATRIMONY, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patricia Arquette, 1994, (c) Buena Vista

Holy Matrimony, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Patricia Arquette, 1994, (c) Buena Vista

Jackson Hole, WY — Once again, Holiday Forever serves up the nowest of the now in contemporary art with a show by visiting artists Ann Hirsch and Parker Ito, opening Friday. Promotion for the show “Genes” offered only a cryptic description: “Imagine your gallbladder. Now imagine your inflamed gallbladder after consuming a Dairy Queen Hot Fudge Brownie Delight. That is Genes.”

In addition to friendship, these two artists share an apparent ambivalence about fame and the spectacle of the art world even though they fit right in it. Using the latest media and trends, they try to unpack what exactly art is in a world saturated with images, glitz, and commodified meaning.

Hirsch is an acclaimed video and performance artist who doesn’t shy away from the issues du jour. She tackles subjects, The Boston Globe writes, “right at the heart of now: the blurring of distinctions between reality and artifice; the yearning for fame and its consequences, and the pressure, particularly on girls and women, to seek security and validation in behavior that both demeans them and makes them more vulnerable.”

Ito paints, sculpts, and hires assistants to make his art. Not only does he remove the artist’s hand from his work at times, he even removes his name, sometimes going by the moniker Parker Cheeto, and others. Of his work, Ito told Artforum: “It’s like when people who don’t read Chinese get Chinese characters tattooed on their bodies. Often those phrases are mistranslated, but it doesn’t really matter to the person what the characters say. They’re mostly interested in the qualities being conveyed by this kind of typography. That’s how I think about content: It’s not equivalent; it’s a filter. I’m invested in the sensation of things.”

Opening reception for Genes, with Ann Hirsch and Parker Ito, 8 to 10 p.m.  Friday, September 9 at Holiday Forever, 10 E Simpson Ave. The exhibition runs through October 31.


About Meg Daly

Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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