© Angela Fraleigh

© Angela Fraleigh

Reality Unchecked

Colleen Asper
, Angela Fraleigh, Nathan Skiles, Adam Stennet, Eric White

P·P·O·W is pleased to announce "Reality Unchecked", a group show of five artists working in a variety of mediums. This exhibit focuses on a persistent presence of contemporary artwork that is made in a highly realistic manner but is barely credible as documentary. A sense of fiction as reality pervades all these works, providing a mirror to the government spin of our current political and cultural moment.

Colleen Asper received her MFA from Yale University (2004) and will be attending Skowhegan in the summer of 2006. Her work has been shown internationally, including Deitch Projects and Alona Kagan Gallery in New York. In this exhibit, Asper will show a series of paintings in which she presents herself as the President of the United States. "The idea of myself as President is an absurd solution to the frustration we all feel as individuals trying to imagine how we can affect political change", says Asper.

Angela Fraleigh received her MFA from Yale University (2003) and has recently exhibited at Inman Gallery in Texas. Fraleigh contributes two new oil paintings to this exhibit, in which she portrays herself in an ambiguous state as both victim and volunteer. She describes her work as questioning social constructs of beauty, class, gender and role play.

Nathan Skiles received his MFA from Montclair State University (2004) and has shown in group shows across the Northeast. Skile's sculptures create quasi-metaphysical tales out of craft materials such as styrofoam, felt and cardboard. "Through visual asides my work describes how an ideology based on absurdity can sustain personal meaning with the locus between fact and fiction" says Skiles.

Adam Stennet has shown both nationally and internationally with several one-person shows at 31Grand in Williamsburg. At P·P·O·W, Stennett will show a video entitled "Prospect Park Fight Fuck". The video takes place in a scale model of Prospect Park where two male mice fight over several female mice, knocking down trees and causing mayhem. The audio combines the sounds of the mice determining dominance with a track of the artist calmly talking about seeing a kid being beaten with a baseball bat in his neighborhood and the ensuing difficult attempt to report it to the police.

Eric White, went to the Rhode Island School of Design and has been showing his paintings in solo and group shows since 1998. White's paintings jump with dynamic juxtapositions that relate to surveillance and political control. Both disturbing and engaging each painting involves the viewer in a paranoid and erotic socio-political satire.

Exhibition: July 13 - August 11, 2006
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10 am - 6 pm

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