Get Lost (In the Funhouse) at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” — The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

How long does it take for an idea, a rumor, a story, to be accepted as fact? The InLiquid installation, “Lost in the Funhouse,” which shows at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC toys with the idea of accepting an idea as truth. To name one: the difference between masculine and feminine concepts.

All five artists featured in the show reflects on the inconsistencies and anxieties in the false belief in “masculine” or “feminine” traits. These five artists, Elyce Abrams, Annette Cords, Christina Massey, Jocelyn Gabrynowicz Hill, and Melissa Maddonni Haims, transform these traits on their head, expanding, morphing, and playing with “masculine” concepts from a feminine approach.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by Jocelyn Gabrynowicz Hill

What makes a toy for boys and not for girls? What would change it to be a non-binary play-thing? Jocelyn Hill’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” asks you a similar question. Would making these army men pink to make it a girl’s toy? Should we give toys depicting and encouraging war-themed play to kids at all? The title of the piece underlines another dark period of the army’s background regarding equal rights for LGBTQ people and their service in the military. Why would any of these topics be restricted to one gender alone?

Asshole / Alcoholic by Melissa Maddonni Haims

Melissa Maddonni Haims’ piece “Asshole/Alcoholic” is flipping another long thought truth on its head. How much really is the price of winning, especially when the #1 title isn’t exactly worth bragging about? This year’s theme for the SPRING/BREAK Art Show is “Fact and Fiction,” drawing attention to the slippery new nature that has been thrust upon the once solid foundation of the words “fact” and “truth.” The show, which runs from 3/5-3/11, highlights the dichotomy and balance/imbalance between real and unreal, symbolic and literal, fact and fiction. It is impossible to view art without a myriad of biases and beliefs accompanying you. But it is the aim of this show to confuse some of those accepted truths. So take another look at an old concept, visit “Lost in the Funhouse,” at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show at 866 E. 48th Street, New York City.

Agathe Bouton

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color…

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color and textiles have been influential on Bouton’s work as they bear witness to the…

Bouton creates unique engravings and etchings as well as installations, paper clothing, collages, and artist books. Color and textiles have been influential on Bouton’s work as they bear witness to the passage of time and…

Kathy Loev Putnam

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces…

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces that manipulate our perception of figures and spaces, with breaks in logical…

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces that manipulate our perception of figures and spaces, with breaks in logical forms and competing…

Heather Ossandon

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

Heather Ossandon, a ceramist who works in both the functional and decorative arts. Her work explores both the rituals of the everyday and special occasions.…

Kirby Fredendall

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks…

I enjoy the manipulation of materials and how process itself contributes to the life and form of the image. Dramatic, gestural lines describe the play of light and wind across the water, while softer marks add life to the…

Patricia Ingersoll

Acrylic and watercolor grids and overlapping lines, gestured brush strokes and bold color are the first impressions when…

Acrylic and watercolor grids and overlapping lines, gestured brush strokes and bold color are the first impressions when seeing the new work by Patricia Ingersoll. Ingersoll continues her studies of the…

Acrylic and watercolor grids and overlapping lines, gestured brush strokes and bold color are the first impressions when seeing the new work by Patricia Ingersoll. Ingersoll continues her studies of the merging of organic…

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