For Immediate Release
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thread/bare Multiple available at smartartpress.com
Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present the return of Argentine collective, Mondongo. The exhibition, entitled “thread/bare,” will be on view from March 17, 2007 through April 14, 2007, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 17 from 6 to 9 P.M. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Mondongo, formed in 1999, includes artists Agustina Picasso, Manuel Mendanha, and Juliana Laffitte. They have since earned their particular place in the ebullience of Argentinean art: an iconoclastic, punk, imaginatively inventive, sharply particular, personal, laid-back look at life–a “do what you like” situation from a ground zero world loaded with elements from a grotesque farce.
Mondongo work–and the amount of work they put into each piece is extensive, and both intricate and beautiful. Production is slow and deliberate as the material and concept are intricately jelled: the materials used as metaphorical adjuncts to the concepts–be they portraits made with thread, Red Riding Hood tales with plasticine, or sexual encounters with cheap-brand cookies that litter the world like the images they represent. All is up for deconstructive terrorism–the miserable ambitions of the ego, social hypocrisy, the slight satisfactions of sex, what’s left of the family, the murderous ideology of a victim satiated world, the gross ignorance of our cultural systems.
Mondongo’s work in the 2005 exhibition, From B.A. to L.A., at Track 16 Gallery, ignited enormous interest, and this exhibition promises to be larger, not only in scope, but also in subject matter.
For more information, please visit our website at www.track16.com. This exhibition is showing concurrently with paintings by Michelle Rogers: Troubles at Home.