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Superchief Gallery at Culturefix proudly presents a week-long joint exhibition about the symbolism and iconography of insurgent groups, BRANDING TERROR and PETERMISSING of Missing Foundation. The opening reception is Friday, April 26th from 6:00-11:00 PM.
Peter Missing of Missing Foundation:
In the mid-1980s Peter Missing founded the industrial noise group Missing Foundation, which thrived in the dilapidated, crime-ridden Lower East Side of New York City’s feared and revered “Bad Old Days.” He designed and popularized Missing Foundation’s symbol that would come to represent the movement against this aggressive New York style gentrification. It is an upside down wine glass with a cross-out over the spill, meaning “The Party’s Over.” In this case, Pete means to indicate that “The Party’s Over” for the whole lot of us – and all of Western Civilization.
In an era of squatters, homeless encampments and hardcore punk, Missing Foundation revolted aggressively against the impending city-sponsored tidal wave of yuppies and police to the neighborhood. They were banned from CBGBs for starting a fire inside the club, and soon found themselves banned from most venues in New York and America.
After the Tompkins Square Park “police riot” in 1988 kicked off the aggressive conflict between squatters, poor people and homeless people in the Lower East Side, the media blamed Peter and Missing Foundation for instigating the riots. They focused on his mysterious symbol, appearing painted all over the city and representing a mysterious underground force. In the newspapers and a three-part CBS News special, MissingFoundation was blamed for being instigators, and labeled a “Cult of Rage.” The media heat forced Peter into exile in 1993 to Berlin, Germany where he remained producing his body of experimental visual and musical work for 20 years.
His exhibition with Superchief Gallery will reclaim and reexamine his symbol twenty years after being labeled a “terrorist group” in New York City. He’ll also present his music new and old, including unreleased tracks from Missing Foundation to his new group, Missing Seven Hazard. Cyril Mazard from Missing Seven Hazard will also display music, artwork, and their new book, CASH AND KILL. Returning home from his 20 year exile from New York, Peter’s work still maintains the theme it did during the chaotic days of Missing Foundation, “A rebellion against a government which has lost sight of culture and humanity.”
Branding Terror is the first comprehensive survey of the visual identity of the world’s major terrorist organizations, from al-Qaeda and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to the Tamil Tigers. It features over 60 organizations and focuses on the details of their visual branding; symbolism, colors, and typography of their logos and flags — analyzed in detail. Branding Terror offers insight into an understudied area of counter-intelligence, and provides an original and provocative source of inspiration for graphic designers. Superchief Gallery at Culturefix will be celebrating the book’s release with an exhibition of large-scale painted terrorist logos. Copies of the book as well as the books authors will be present at the show.
About the authors of Branding Terror:
ARTUR BEIFUSS works for the United Nations as a counter-terrorism analyst.
FRANCESCO TRIVINI BELLINI is a graphic designer who has created the branding identity of various companies and cultural institutions.
STEVEN HELLER, former Art Director at the New York Times, is the author or co-author of more than 120 books on design and popular culture.
BRANDING TERROR and PETER MISSING
Opening Friday April 26, 2013 from 6:00-11:00 PM
Superchief Gallery at Culturefix
9 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
Alison Kuo: Juicy, Juicy Special Request Deluxe at Superchief Gallery, New York NY
Tuesday April 16 through Sunday April 21, 2013
Press Opening Tuesday April 16, 2013 6 to 8pm
Public Opening Thursday April 18, 2013 7 to 10pm
Garnish Workshop 5 to 7pm followed by Family Dinner @ 7pm Saturday April 20, 2013
Superchief Gallery is at Culturefix, 9 Clinton Street, NY NY 10002
Alison Kuo’swork is often described as colorful, playful, improvisational and fun, and it certainly rings true across a wide range of media. There is context to the color, though, as she uses these elements to explore a combination of extreme reactions towards consumer culture, reflecting her complex relationship with both food and with cheap “made-in-China” materials she is drawn to in her work.
Kuo’s work reflects the connection between suspect materials in both our food and many accessible downmarket commodities, specifically in NYC’s indigenous bodega and dollar store culture, and often quite literally combines the two. Mining her environment and experience for inspiration,Kuo creates physical touch points between plastic and organic materials, encouraging the decay and degradation of both. Her process is experimental, and her range of output toys with the variety of documentation of this process, from sculptural object to photograph, animation, video and performance.
Works in this exhibition will include recent small sculptures, drawing, collage, photography, performance and video work. Kuo is working with Culturefix chef Ari Stern to commission a family style dinner available at the final performance event Saturday April 20th.
For the duration of the exhibition, a bar snack of Kuo’s creation will be available to be enjoyed while viewing the work. This connection between food, art and experience is not only inherent in Kuo’s practice and process, but is also a nod to artist restaurant precedents in downtown NYC, such as Caroline Goodden and Gordon Matta-Clark’s FOOD of the 1970s.
Juicy Juicy Special Request Deluxe is artist Alison Kuo’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Kuo is a Texas native, and received her BA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. She has exhibited at Art Jam (Brooklyn), 1117 Garland (Austin), CANADA (NYC), OHWOW (Miami), SOFA Gallery (Austin), Co-Lab (Austin), and Domy Books (Austin). Kuo is often best known as the person behind the widely acclaimed blog Accidental Chinese Hipsters and is the Contributing Art Editor for the independent literary magazine Gigantic. She is currently blogging at foodadventuredeluxe.tumblr.com, and Kuo’s full bio, CV and other projects can be found at kuospace.com
PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
Press Opening Performance
Tuesday April 16, 2013 6 to 8pm
For the press opening, Alison Kuo will conduct a special performance of Snack Machine;“part vending machine, part automated fortune teller, and part grade school science fair project.” Visitors are invited to participate in spontaneous interactions with the artist which inspire novel edible food items to be prepared spontaneously by the artist on site. Several categories of snack are presented to the visitor, and their special request is made. Visitors are privy to the sounds and smells of preparation, and engage in small talk before being presented with their custom order creation. This social experiment asks: how does the language of the food industry excite and sometimes frustrate desire? And in turn, how can the actions of consumers reshape the messages being directed at them?
Garnish Workshop and Family Dinner
Sunday April 20, 2013
Garnish Workshop 5 to 7pm followed by Family Dinner @ 7pm
The garnish is widely considered to be the most delightful part of a well-presented dish, and yet it is often neglected in the realm of serious culinary discussion. Join the artist and collaborators Destiny Pierce and Stina Puotinen, both professional party cats of the NYC based artist collective CHERYL,for a playful cooking workshop that aims to improve participants garnish-making skills. Some materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to browse the nearby Chinatown markets for produce on the way to class. Bring your own paring knife (BYOPK).
At 7pm the public is invited to enjoy a family-style dinner, commissioned by the artist and conceived-of in conjunction with Culturefix chef Ari Stern. A beer pairing suggestion list will be curated by the artist and drinks will be available for purchase. Limited space available, first come first served.
All press inquiries: Stina Puotinen, Independent Curator email@example.com 443-722-3338
Sales and gallery inquiries: Johnny Sagan, Curator, Superchief Gallery at Culturefix firstname.lastname@example.org 646-284-8601
Exhibition Blog: foodadventuredeluxe.tumblr.com/
I <3 the return of the snack machine and Maia who likes only eating frosting, sparkles, salad with frosting, complicated bows, sweet things, no cat meat and no exoskeletal organisms.
HAPPENING NOW, COME THRUUUUUUU!