Fishnet Strangling She-Male Acupuncture Bitchfest or the Y2K Babes • Group Show

May 14 to Jun 1, 2012 • Tall Gallery

A postmodern pastiche of site-specific graffiti, painting, installation, and sculpture, the show is an collaborative exhibition by Catalina Africa, Katy Perry, Valeria Cavestany, Kesha Condez, Martin de Mesa, Paola Germar, Eleanor Giron, Dina Gadia, Regina Jardiolin, Lou Lim, Luna, Nikki Ocean, Tanya Villanueva, Jeona Zoleta, Marija Vicente and Gail Vicente. It is curated by Jol3na.

Consciously camp, the works incorporate multiple references to pop culture, new media, overt sexuality, commodification, and consumerism from the 1990s to the present generation. As a group, the individual artists produce a psychedelic but strangely parallel mishmash: a panda skewered by mock scissors, scaffolding and fiesta flags, neon maquettes of Pisa’s slightly askew tower, fleeting innuendos written for posterity, glowing tents and deflated pools, paintings appropriating both iconic masterpieces and banal images, and many other mongrel objects.

Consciously experimental, the show demonstrates the potential of art as a playground for letting loose inhibitions and letting go of conventions. The participating artists – most of them young yet unafraid to stake it out in the local scene– treat the gallery as a whole studio for creativity and critique, breaking the traditional curatorial set up of having objects neatly hung on white walls. There is no time for distanced nostalgia yet: they are busy making art from banal fun and frolic of the recent past. Paintings are punctuated by symbols and scribbles smeared on walls; objects are arranged to transform the institutionalized gallery space into a messy room, a studio filled with unfolding works. Diaristic and voyeuristic, the show can shock with its intentional disclosure of incompleteness and privacy and its appropriation of spontaneous, raw fantasy.

Artworks from the Show

Tropical Population Trophies

Tropical Population Trophies, Catalina Africa, 2012, Mixed media, size variable

Sand Staff Featuring Several Miracles of Diplomacy

Sand Staff Featuring Several Miracles of Diplomacy, Catalina Africa, 2012, Mixed media, size variable

Sugarhouse

Sugarhouse, Katy Perry, 2012, Sugar cubes, glue, 3×2¾×3½ in

Book of Nonsense

Book of Nonsense, Katy Perry, 2012, Book, correction tape, table, chair, size variable

Jeolandia

Jeolandia, Valeria Cavestany, 2012, Oil on canvas, 50¾×87¾ in

Sweet Experience

Sweet Experience, Kesha Condez, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Mushroom Fairy Blue

Mushroom Fairy Blue, Kesha Condez, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Mushroom Fairy Violet

Mushroom Fairy Violet, Kesha Condez, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Viva Forever

Viva Forever, Kesha Condez, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 36×29½ in

Gayze of God Agaymat

Gayze of God Agaymat, Martin de Mesa, 2012, Graphite on bristol board, false eyelashes, 69×69 in

Hanging out with horeticulturists

Hanging out with horeticulturists, Paola Germar, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Tie Die Wheel

Tie Die Wheel, Paola Germar, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Fashions at Stake | Grab it, stab it | Body Knits

Fashions at Stake | Grab it, stab it | Body Knits, Paola Germar, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×24 in

Get on Your High Horse

Get on Your High Horse, Eleanor Giron, 2012, Oil on canvas, 12×16 in

God Please Make Me a Princess and Give Me a Wonderland

God Please Make Me a Princess and Give Me a Wonderland, Eleanor Giron, 2012, Oil on canvas, 18×24 in

Still Want You

Still Want You, Eleanor Giron, 2012, Oil on canvas, 10×12 in

Too Big for the Playground

Too Big for the Playground, Eleanor Giron, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×48 in

Tara na, Halika Na

Tara na, Halika Na, Eleanor Giron, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Janus

Janus, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 30×24 in

Gaia

Gaia, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Lazy Dancer

Lazy Dancer, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 9×12 in

Blue Dancer

Blue Dancer, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 12×9 in

Birthday

Birthday, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 25½×21¼ in

Flutterby

Flutterby, Regina Jardiolin, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 25½×21¼ in

No Regrets for the Last Days of Summer

No Regrets for the Last Days of Summer, Kitty Kim, 2012, Oil on canvas, 24×24 in

At Clits End Scream if You Want to get Off the Ride

At Clits End Scream if You Want to get Off the Ride, Kitty Kim, 2012, Oil on canvas, 18×18 in

Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams, Lou Lim, 2012, Resin, size variable

Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin, Lou Lim, 2012, Resin, print, size variable

Dying Inside

Dying Inside, Lou Lim, 2012, Resin, acrylic, size variable

Wacky Umbrellas

Wacky Umbrellas, Luna, 2012, Umbrellas, toys, lace, size variable

In Paradise, the Arctic isn't too cold, thus allowing you to swim with the cute and gentle polar bears

In Paradise, the Arctic isn't too cold, thus allowing you to swim with the cute and gentle polar bears, Nikki Ocean, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 60×48 in

The Rebirth of Venus

The Rebirth of Venus, Nikki Ocean, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 36×24 in

Got Mermaid

Got Mermaid, Nikki Ocean, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 18×24 in

Porschia

Porschia, Nikki Ocean, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 11½×9 in

Harold

Harold, Nikki Ocean, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 11½×9 in

Gina

Gina, Nikki Ocean, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 11½×9 in

Canyle

Canyle, Nikki Ocean, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 11½×9 in

Spot the Unicorn

Spot the Unicorn, Nikki Ocean, 2011, Mixed media on paper, 11½×9 in

Cherry Bomb Shells

Cherry Bomb Shells, Jeona Zoleta, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 72×108 in

Aliens She in the Horny House of Horror

Aliens She in the Horny House of Horror, Jeona Zoleta, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 48×60 in

The Burning Photoshoot of Kitsch

The Burning Photoshoot of Kitsch, Jeona Zoleta, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 72×60 in

Barbie Kulto

Barbie Kulto, Gail Vicente, 2012, Barbie dolls, tent, size variable

Mt. Drugs

Mt. Drugs, Marija Vicente, 2012, Mixed media, 13×13 in

Wet Trapo

Wet Trapo, Marija Vicente, 2012, Bed cover, resin, size variable

House of Magic by Jol3na

House of Magic by Jol3na, Jeona Zoleta, 2012, Oil on canvas, 48×60 in (with Catalina Africa)

One two3smile!

One two3smile!, Jeona Zoleta, 2012, Oil on canvas, 20×16 in (with Catalina Africa)

Between Rock and Wall

Between Rock and Wall, Kat Medina, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 60×36 in