Vernissage / Opening : 25.01.2019
The Rain Doesn't Know Friends from Foes surveys the animations the artists have made to date and features a selection of related works on paper. The presentation marks the US debut of From Sea to Dawn (2016-17) and Macht Schon (2016), which reflect on the global immigration crisis. Also included are Big Rock Candy Mountain (2015), in which artifacts toppled by ISIS militants thwart their censors by mutating into fanciful mythic beasts; Letter! (2014), which amplifies the performative, media-induced hysteria of a protest by the radical activist group Femen; Reign of Winter (2012-13), a grotesque adaptation of the coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding that underscores the arcane, densely coded nature of ceremonial spectacles; and Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? (2010-11), in which media imagery from the 2009 Iranian demonstrations is transformed into a sordid pageant of monstrous animalistic humanoids. By turns joyously irreverent and intensely biting, the works presented here cast a satirical eye on representations of the present, foregrounding the irrationality and violence that underlie our hypermediated reality.
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Frye Art Museum
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Seattle, WA 98104