“SHIT”, “FUCK” and “SORRY” are the words any of us might use were we implicated in Lucas Grogan’s embroidery The Bomb. The emotional gaps left by the lack of punctuation get filled in by the surrounding cross-stitched kaboom, making clear that human vanity leads to war and the futile mea culpas that follow it.
The Bomb is one of Grogan’s pieces in a two-person show with New York-based Andrea Mary Marshall, opening September 11 at Garis & Hahn gallery. The show revolves around traditional image-making juxtaposed with contemporary ideas about identity. Marshall and Grogan come at this from opposite ends: Grogan from handmade textiles, and Marshall from mashed-up sex symbols.
Marshall takes two icons lusted after and revered around the world, the Geisha and Elvis Presley, and unites them in her own hybrid image. Her elaborate self-portraits are immediately familiar to the viewer while critically exploring the mechanisms that create icons of manhood and femininity and guide people’s definitions of themselves.
Opening Reception: September 11, 2013, 6-8 PM
Exhibition Dates: September 11 – October 19, 2013
New Yorks, NY 10002
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