Thursday, October 29, 2009

Guy Benfield at Art in General, New York

Guy Benfield in included in Erratic Anthropologies at Art in General as part of the New York visual art performance biennial, Performa 09.

Through three performative installations Guy Benfield, Shana Moulton, andRancourt/Yatsuk mine the visual culture of flawed but influential community structures - the hippie commune and the American suburb. Using narrative strategies the artists act as quasi-anthropologists, investigating domestic objects and architectures to pick apart the promises identified with these cultures - wealth, power, happiness, and transcendence.

With a dose of the fantastic, these artists highlight the psychological, economic, and environmental fallout from the failure of idealistic attempts at redefining western social dynamics. The exhibition runs 29 October - 9 January 2010.