Andersson, Bavington, Bernhardt, Brown, Cavanaugh, Cunningham, Johnson, Oshiro, Stables, Tucke

November 6 – December 18, 2004

November 6 – December 18, 2004
L to R: Cunningham, Brown, Bernhardt, Stables

November 6 – December 18, 2004
L to R: Johnson, Cavanaugh, Cunningham, Brown, Bernhardt

Matt Johnson
Swiss Stone #1, 2004
cut stone
7 x 13 x 7 inches

Katherine Bernhardt
Woman with Yellow Bra, 2004
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Press Release


November 6 - December 18, 2004

Roger Andersson

Tim Bavington

Katherine Bernhardt

Steve Brown

Maureen Cavanaugh

Krysten Cunningham

Matt Johnson

Kaz Oshiro

Fraser Stables

Brad Tucker

Rock defines modern America. It is a form of music, an attitude, a way of dealing with the day-to-day. Rock on! That rocks! You rock!

What does all this mean? Especially today? For all its specificity to our culture, ?rock? is a concept that is surprisingly hard to pin down. It is a floating presence in American life, and as the ten artists in Rock reveal, while "rocking out" gets to the essence of American rebellion, trying to "rock" often goes directly to our urge to conform. "Rebellion in conformity," as Baudrillard would put it.

The artists of Rock deal with rock as a concept, an attitude both directly and obliquely, in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture and video. Roger Anderson's watercolors delicately depict an imagined youth culture landscape. Tim Bavington?s airbrushed abstract paintings draw on hits by such groups as the Darkness, the Stone Roses and Oasis. Katherine Bernhardt paints figures like Paris Hilton and other images culled from music and fashion magazines. Steve Brown's works on paper present a hand-drawn constellation of rock imagery, hippiedom and Satanism. Maureen Cavanaugh's paintings explore the tropes of girlish fantasy. Krysten Cunningham's sculptures probe a maze of youth culture imagery, including sleeping bags, tents and the god's-eyes spun by teenagers at summer camp. Matt Johnson presents an actual rock, cut to resemble a mass-produced cultural product?a slice of Swiss cheese. Kaz Oshiro blends frat house decor with definitive Minimalist statement in sculptures of cheap laminate IKEA cupboards. Fraser Stables' video investigates a true rocker and his life experience. Brad Tucker presents black-on-black paintings of courtroom sayings, a play on Ad Reinhardt by way of the wrong side of the law.

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