Through October 29th
This week I reviewed KS Art’s Psychotic Reaction for the L Magazine. As always, I’ve provided a clip below but you can click through to read the full piece.
Depression and unrequited love haven't led me to think of acid-trip penises ejaculating tiny pink-faced men in the past, but I enjoyed making this connection at KS Art's exhibition, Psychotic Reaction, if for no other reason than I find its strangeness appealing. Taking its cues from the similarly named 1966 garage rock hit by Count Five — an upbeat song recounting the devastating effects of one-way affection — the vivid drawing described above, Orgasmo e Bruttezza — Masturbation II by Ele D'Artagnan, is one of four busy figurative works on paper included in a group exhibition largely arranged by color.
Like much of the work in the show, Ele D'Artagnan's art doesn't communicate an overtly unhappy message; Psychotic Reaction provides a wider curatorial lens than the literal representation of the song's lyrics. Also drawing upon the song's psychedelic tone and do-it-yourself attitude, the exhibition as a whole, almost predictably takes on a simple, often crude aesthetic. Framed coloring book pages, a grid of brightly colored sun photographs, amateurish-looking drawings and sculptures; there's more to almost all of these works than what you see, but it isn't always readily apparent.
To read the full piece click here.