Sex, Drugs and Violence

The Canal Chapter presents a group exhibition including:
Tom Sanford, Thomas Chapman, Jesse Mc Closkey, Jun Iseyama, Joe Diebes Al Padrino, Alfredo Martinez, Mikael Vojinovic, Eric Doringer and Michael Anderson

Curated by Michael Anderson

May 2nd – May 25th, 2007

343 Canal Street, 4th Floot, New York NY 10013

Opening Reception, Wednesday May 2nd 6 – 8pm
With the cultural influence of writers such as J.G. Ballard and Cormack Mc Carthy, the films of David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino, the rise of ultra-violent first person shooter games such as the Grand Theft Auto franchise and Doom, the onset of Gangster Rap as the accepted theme music for urban culture, and the graduation of unarmed fighting on broadcast prime-time TV to mixed martial arts, anything goes bloody submission matches, it must be realized that the ideas of the 60’s that were previously represented by the love and peace axiom, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, has been replaced by a culture heavily saturated with violence, pornography and war.

Violence has become the new rock-n-roll in a culture where even the last great rock star of our time, Kurt Cobain who headed his super-group Nirvana in the 1990’s, decided to end his life by blowing his head off with a shotgun. This, coupled with the ramifications of the political constructs created by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on international political spheres of influence, has produced new forms of fear and lust in the modern human. These factors add up to produce the maxim of this show, Sex, Drugs and Violence as an anthem to be used as a defining slogan of the 21st century.

The artists represented here in this show have created new work for this exhibit using such diverse media as drawing, painting, video, sound art, photography, collage and sculpture in order to delve deeply into the chaos that is our modern existence.

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