Please join us this Friday for the opening reception of David Del Francia's work at The Outlet.
Additionally, PII will be cooking on The Oven, and Mark Anthony Martinez's Beige Rage will join Lise Haller Baggesen's Lipstick Suprematism at the Nicholas Frank Public Library.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 16th from 7-9pm
@ The Open 832 E Chambers Street, Milwaukee, WI
An Exhibition by:
...quietly turning on
“SCENE: A GROWING NUMBER OF AMERICA’S ELITE ARE QUIETLY TURNING ON. It is not uncommon for people on these trips, especially with new chemical drugs, as opposed to organic ones, to develop the illusion that they are themselves computers. Similarly, where once psychotic children identified themselves as bunnies and cats and other beasts from the fun animal world, now they identify with cars and television sets. This, of course, is not so much a hallucination as a discovery. The computer is a more sophisticated extension of the central nervous system than ordinary electric relays and circuits. When people live in an environment of such circuitry and feedback, carrying much greater quantities of information than any previous social scene, they develop something akin to what medical men call “referred pain.” The impulse to get “turned on” is a simple Pavlovian reflex felt by human beings in an environment of electric information. Such an environment is itself a phenomenon of self-amputation. Every new technological innovation is a literal amputation of ourselves in order that it may be amplified and manipulated for social power and action. Naturally, such amputation is associated with pain that is referred not so much to the body as to brain centers. As Lowenstein points out: “There is hardly a brain center outside the reach of pain pathways.” Most people are in the habit of associating technological innovations with the physical upset to their customary routines and customers.”
-Marshall McLuhan, “War and Peace in the Global Village.” 1968
The Oven presents:
PII Open Kitchen
Corny-Piquante Three-Course After-Taste
Mark Anthony Martinez describes himself as 'Offwhite,' providing the inspiration for Season Two's Off-White theme for NFPL programming. According to Martinez, his work "explores representation and power through image and symbol, to expose whiteness as interconnected within a system of domination and privilege." His practice "illustrates an anti-racist aesthetic dedicated toward elucidating whiteness as a hegemonic power structure, within the confines of the whitewall gallery" — and in the NFPL, the walls will become his specially formulated color called "Beige Rage" for the duration of Season Two. A supposedly neutral color, beige bears an uneasy resemblance to the standard 'flesh tone' in use by many paint manufacturers to represent a certain shade of skin borne by white people. Martinez's jab exposes the fundamental fallacy of universality that animates white people's self-imagined domination, and perhaps their own blindness to the full spectrum of humanity around them. Martinez resides in San Antonio, TX.http://markanthonymartinez.com/
Lise Haller Baggesen's Lipstick Suprematism continues, with several paintings backgrounded by Beige Rage. https://lisehallerbaggesen.wordpress.com/
Director of The Outlet Gallery