Cartoons can put you in jail. I thought bringing things together changed the way you looked at them, gave you a way to talk about self-perception and the struggle to be present. Marks made by the hand are a statement of intent: pencil lines on a page or sprays of piss on a wall.
It's possible now to feel so intimately disconnected. We don’t know who we are, and that keeps us empty; empty enough for you to enter us.
You can think about the works in this show as evidence, material proof of time spent looking. The artists take the gaze and consume it, turning it inward. They see as if through a periscope, a twice-reflected point of view enabled by mirrors.
Then there are the physical traces of experience that reconnect us to our waste. Wading through other people's rubbish from the street to your door. Stuff accumulates where bodies used to be, leaving imprints, the chalk outlines of a crime scene.
Intangible systems punish by co-opting flesh. The eye is scanned, the finger inked. Technological apparatus is used to identity and register life. Despite this, I collude with the screen, I court it. I indulge the image and encourage it. Am I spinning out of control?
* In 1994, underground cartoonist Mike Diana was thrown in jail for 4 days without bail on obscenity charges, for publishing, advertising, and selling his zine BOILED ANGEL.
Works by Michael Bell-Smith, Mike Diana, Max Maslansky, Ariana Reines, Louise Sartor
18.10.13 - 08.12.13
Every Sunday from 12pm - 6pm or by appointment.