grizzly grizzly: future imperfect continuous

on view: April 8 - June 11, 2017

Future Imperfect Continuous features work by the members of Philadelphia-based collective Grizzly Grizzly. The works range from painting and drawing to sculpture and new media.

This exhibition is part of an exchange between the artists of Grizzly Grizzly and Arlington Arts Center’s Resident Artists. AAC’s residents will participate in group exhibitions at Grizzly Grizzly in shows opening on May 5 and June 2 in Philadelphia.

This show reflects a subtle interest in time – whether it be the irrational histories that capture the imagination of Amy Hicks or the frozen, dark, and deeply ambiguous moments depicted in Cindy Stockton Moore’s wall drawings. Ephraim Russell and Michael Konrad make objects that suggest a purpose that is ultimately rendered useless – whether it’s Russell’s cardboard box forms or Konrad’s facsimiles of construction materials and mundane objects.

Josh Weiss’ densely packed compositions suggest an otherworldly, science-fiction landscape, but the paintings only allude to narrative and representation and then resist it. Talia Greene’s sepia-toned drawings offer up a not-so-distant future where our technologies are abandoned in their obsolescence to become an archeology of useless artifacts.

Future Imperfect Continuous is inflected with a dark and an unsteady relationship with time and tense. The artists imagine our present as a future, place seemingly familiar objects and narratives into unfamiliar times and spaces, and examine historic visions for the future.

image: Talia Greene, Obsolete