Friday, October 09, 2009

Nothing for Itself Catalog

Nothing for Itself – Price List

1. Allison Moore, "Easter Lambs at Veniero's", 24"x24" oil on panel, 2007, $1000

2. Janet Bruesselbach, "Entitled Mediocrity", oils on linen, 12"x12", $600

3. Allison Moore, "The Most Expensive Perfumes in the World for Less", 24"x24" oil on canvas 2008 $1200

4. Janet Bruesselbach, "I'm Doing What I Wanna Do", oils on linen, 32"x32", 2008, $1200

5. Jason Talley, right panel of triptych “Karma Sutra” 7x5 ft. $30,000

6. Janet Bruesselbach, "I Am Whatever You Say I Am", oils on canvas, 32"x35", 2008, $3000

7. Allison Moore, "Bodega II", 38"x46" oil on canvas 2008 $3000

8. JS Flores, “Depleting silence”, Oil on canvas 48”X60” 2009, $6000

9. Janet Bruesselbach, "Misogynation", oils on linen/cotton blend, 36"x36", 2008, $3000

10. JS Flores, “Remanence of glee”, Oil on birch panel 48”X36” 2009, $4000

11. Janet Bruesselbach, "Alexithymia", oils on canvas in found frame, 26"x34", 2008, $1500

12. Janet Bruesselbach, "It's Something You Would Do If You Were Me", oils on linen, 23"x32", 2008, $2300

13. Jason Talley, “Velvet” oil on canvas 8”x12” $1000

14. Allison Moore, "Seafood Buffet, Revisited", 36"x52" oil on canvas, 2007 $2500

15. Jason Talley, Wet#1 oil on canvas 5by6 ft $20,000

16. Janet Bruesselbach, "I Know What I'm Doing: I Don't Know What I'm Doing", oils on canvas, 23"x36", 2007, $2000

Nothing for Itself: Pluralist Paintings Born in the Middle of Salad
Curatorial Statement by Janet Bruesselbach, M.F.A., T.M.I.

The concept of “nothing for itself” came about in the conversation between representation and diversity. Representative objects are xenophiles, other-lovers. The frequency of sexual imagery in this show acts as an attractor towards further replication of people and things. Representation and diversity are organic, and, seeing culture as an ecology, benefit the whole system. At the same time, any individual artwork, and any one of its settings, can be seen as its own system. These paintings are outcomes of open-ended processes, in which individual parts respond dynamically to each other. Any of these artists could show alone, but we have chosen to divert and diversify.
The Lower East Side is often described as having both vivacity and diversity, in that there are cultures continually warring each other -- long habituated, although not necessarily superlatively so, to the continual financial encroachment cycle of NYC. There is a particular tendency towards a kind of micro-radicalism, an insistence on artists remaining equally poor but supporting each other within, and in direct resistance to, one of the most purely fiscally motivated geographies in the world.
The city is rich in resources that art needs to reproduce itself – money, and attention. So the image of NYC is fixated on raw competition, self-awareness, and its own marketability. A kind of continually fulfilled desire for plurality over a gained majority, as with people and groups of people, motivates a democratic culture. Yet moderation, collaboration, or cooperation for its own sake cannot benefit other qualities. Such is the melting pot to the salad. The qualities that attract resources are not necessarily aesthetic, although the concept of considering what takes a greater share of resources aesthetically superior has its own attraction. We choose to counteract the qualities of self-aggrandizement and narcissism. Some things will be for their own sake, others for the sake of others, some in a continuous chain, some in loops, all in complicatedly interdependent relationships.
This is not another gripe about commoditization and the market, nor does it praise it. If it contradicts itself, all the better. Although any solo show exists in a jungle of other art within the same market, the generous aim of diversity in Nothing For Itself permeates fractally within the individual works, artists, painting styles, the show, the neighborhood, the city, the country, the world, and the multiverse.
In the current economic stall, it has become important to develop economies of generosity beyond, and instead of, financial ones. JS Flores’s recently executed painting reflects the feeling of the times, of a multitude of desperate people competing for nothing more than your attention. In Allison Moore’s interpretations of images from nearby locales, displays of variety awaiting the choice of the consumer become competitions between the very colors and shapes used to represent them. Like Moore, Bruesselbach dizzies and disorients, to the point of making explicitly depicted human bodies flatten and abstract, in parody of the flattening liquidation of material culture. Talley also uses the most eye-capturing possible images, taken from pornography, and saturated colors appealing to inner and outer children. Yet the compositions are continuous playful processes more open-ended than traditional representation.
Through three of the four artists, California manifests strongly in this show, particularly the distributed post-city of Los Angeles. Certainly the imagery addresses distinctly American experiences, including two second-generation meso-Americans, a product of secular Jewish matriarchy, and an African-American from D.C.
To divertify is to desire that by being set with each other, the qualities of any given piece of this show become greater. Hope that they are not ends in themselves. Intend to be for something else, not because it is for itself, but because it is for many others. Be a nature preserve for endangered ideas. See something else in everything, and take nothing for itself.

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