through August 5th 2011
Alex Da Corte, Josh Kolbo, Justin Matherly, and Dominic Nurre
The title of the exhibition, Re: Empire, refers to an article published in Newsweek this past March by Bret Easton Ellis,concerning the rise of a new breed of celebrity. In the article, "Charlie Sheen is Winning," Ellis divides culture into two categories, the traditional Empire and the new guard - Post-Empire. Post-Empire exists within the system but with knowing disrespect and casual humor that differentiates it from Empire's solemn self-importance. The works created for Re: Empire use a similar irreverence in their dialogue with art history.