Don’t try to jam these square pegs into a round hole. You’ll never make them fit.
Germany’s VARIOUS & GOULD join Brooklyn’s SPECTER at Brooklynite Gallery in the workshop; an assembly-line of drilling, cutting, painting, pounding and pasting to create a show about work and workers.
SPECTER goes for the sculptural and literal to depict his workers – re-fashioning found objects like bikes and shopping carts into frank open portraits of delivery guys and bottle re-cyclers, among others. VARIOUS & GOULD metaphorically consider the changing job descriptions in an increasingly digital age with memories of an industrial one, throws in a splash of DaDa with a poppy panoply of fluorescent washes, and hilarity ensues!
Various explains their working styles, “I think he is more thoughtful. He thinks ahead about what he wants to do. I am more like “do it first” and then see if I like it or not. That is maybe the main difference and so we have to talk about it more to make it work – to make it fit.”
Gould re: Various, “She is more atypical with everything that she does, or chooses, or brings together. You might think at first, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t do that’, and then later you say ‘Yeah, but that was good because I wouldn’t have thought of it’… She has her very own approach.”
V&G feel a kinship with Specter, despite their differences in aesthetic style. On working with Specter, Gould says, “So meeting Specter was natural because his work is about the homeless and unemployed people and the daily struggle to survive – so it is not strange to us. In future work we plan to come back to more relevant issues like this. We have different ways of seeing. Of course our pieces are colorful and collage and his are realistic and life-size – so our styles are different but I think what keeps us going is quite similar.”
“MAKE IT FIT”
SPECTER • VARIOUS & GOULD
OPENING Saturday MARCH 20, 7-10pm
Brooklynite Gallery is located at 334 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn, New York 11233. Open Thursday thru Saturday from 1pm – 7pm or by appointment. Located 2 blocks from the A or C subway to Utica Ave. stop.
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