DARK MARKETS
25 January - 8 February 2014

Joe Brittian (NYC)
Ann Hirsch (NYC)
Cheon pyo Lee (NYC)
Curated by: INTERSTATE (Brooklyn, NY)

Dark Markets is a group show comprised of work by artists that use the Internet as a platform and foundational source for their work that exposes various online markets. The exhibition will feature the work of Ann Hirsch (NYC), Joe Brittian (NYC) and Cheon pyo Lee (NYC).

Video and performance artist, Ann Hirsch explores issues of young women’s sexual self-expression by using her past as an example for viewers to reflect on their own adolescence. OFG will exhibit objects that are part of Hirsch’s larger ongoing project, Playground, in which she mines her adolescent memories and archives from the late ‘90s, during which time she participated in a relationship with a 29 year old man via an AOL chat room.

Joe Brittain presents formally minimalist objects comprised of unconventional materials. At OFG Brittain will exhibit two sculptures that contain chemicals sourced from India via eBay. The chemicals, melatonin (mixed with moonshine) and bovine dopamine (mixed with black ink), fill the vessels and result in a visually clean and sterile object.

Cheon pyo Lee’s work is an ongoing investigation of worldwide networks of currency exchange. Lee will show multiple sculptures at OFG, the largest and most physically interactive of which is Chinese Waterfall. In this sculpture Lee has created a mechanized conveyor belt that allows participators to feed American dollar bills through a stream of money counters, which travel through a loop that culminates at the top of the stream, where the process can begin again but only with the participants action.

INTERSTATE focuses on presenting the work of young, emerging artists, and works to connect artists and ideas from across the country. The gallery is located in Bushwick at 66 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn NY 11237. For further information visit www.interstateprojects.com.

Joe Brittain was born and raised in Arcade, New York. He studied Art History at SUNY University at Buffalo and graduated in 2003 with an Honors BA. Since moving to New York City, he has concentrated on his studio practice while also project managing for various artists and institutes. He has attended several residencies and in 2011 was awarded a NYFA Fellowship in sculpture. Joe lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ann Hirsch (b. 1985) is a video and performance artist based in New York. Her work engages with the contemporary portrayal of women in media. Often acting as an amateur social scientist, Hirsch inserts herself into popular culture, reporting back her findings in the form of art works. She has recently performed at American Medium, KANSAS gallery and Interstate Projects in New York. Critic Karen Archey writes, "(She) works to extend conversations on female intellectuality and sexuality began by artists such as Valie Export, Andrea Fraser and Adrian Piper, and that of parody mastered by Cindy Sherman. That Hirsch’s preferred platforms of Youtube and reality TV are so banal should highlight her works’ subversive value extending beyond the art world into the highly visible sphere of pop culture. The artist does well to question not only the “realness” of reality television, but also that of the highly hermetic contemporary art world."

Cheon pyo Lee lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, holds an MFA from Yale University and did his undergraduate work at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. He has had numerous shows in Korea, Brazil, and the US. Recent exhibitions include the Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art (New York) and Corner Art Space at the Seoul Museum of Art.
 
 
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