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EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE

Sculpture Out of Bounds in the Hamptons

By Lori Zimmer

Summer 2013

Our very own Lori Zimmer gave artMRKT Hamptons a splash with “Every Which Way But Loose,” a sculpture garden curated for  QF Gallery. Juxtaposed on the lawn of the Bridgehampton Historical Society, the works by artists Trong Gia Nguyen,  Nyugen Smith and Coby Kennedy looked so good- and very unHamptons. Some insight into the works:

Trong Gia Nguyen’s Guy Debord (guillotine) is a wooden shed/outhouse whose door has a hole cut out where the visitor may insert his head. Peeking inside reveals projected video clips of Andy Warhol’s “screen tests.” The countenances of Warhol’s pals are spliced and re-embodied with disparate “bathroom tests” depicting individuals, from the shoulders down, sitting on the commode.  Looking straight down, a tilted mirror inside a large basket reflects a more dire and morbid predicament.  The basket, it seems, is there to catch the viewer’s head as he finds himself placed under the blade of a guillotine.

Coby Kennedy’s Supply And Demand vending machines are a satirical play on modern consumerism. One (red) peddles popular cliches such as Newports, boxcutters and Phillies blunts illustrating how even a bad-boy lifestyle can be marketed and sold. The other machine (green) takes on our country’s red-button issue with gun control. Both machines are intended to be blatant and sensational, abrasively highlighting the often exploitative relationship between producer and consumer.

Nyugen Smith’s Bundle Houses are conglomerations of found objects that address survival, tragedy and crises. The make-shift shelter-sculptures evoke at once dystopian futures, present day refugees, and recent hurricane victims, seamlessly meshing these messages into impeccable and relevant sculpture. In this iteration, Smith will be a site-specific Bundle House “ConfeSHUNal.” Inside of the Bundle House structure, Smith will act as The Redeemer. Visitors will be asked to check off a list if Seven Deadly Sins, with the option to have The Redeemer take lashes for their atonement. The checklist is then slipped to Smith inside the ConfeSHUNal, and exchanged for a mixed-media drawing that Smith will create based on the sins checked within 3 minutes. If the visitor chose for The Redeemer to atone for their sins, Smith will then lash himself the requested number of times, using a whip made of leather strips bundled together. An illuminated manuscript charting the results of each ConfeSHUNal is created for all sinners to see.

Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

Design by Marie Havens

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“Guy Debord” By & © Trong Nguyen, 2013, Hamptons, New York, Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

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“Supply & Demand” By & © Coby Kennedy, 2013, Hamptons, New York, Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

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“Bundle House” By & © Nyugen E. Smith, 2013, Hamptons, New York, Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

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“Guy Debord” By & © Trong Nguyen, 2013, Hamptons, New York, Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

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Group Shot, 2013, Hamptons, New York, Photography Courtesy of Lori Zimmer

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