Anya Tish Gallery presents "Unspeakably human or unimaginably bestial?" opening reception
Anya Tish Gallery hosts a three-person exhibition titled "Unspeakably human or unimaginably bestial?" (a phrase from the poem “What do animals dream?” by Yahia Lababidi). The exhibition features sculpture by JooYoung Choi, paintings by Gao Hang, and monoprints by Karen Lederer, each depicting creatures that come alive within the context of popular culture and the aesthetics of our increasingly digital world.
Affected from a young age by American television shows like Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Sesame Street, Choi presents a mammoth soft sculpture in bright, Crayola-box colors. The giant monster, Lady Madness, is repeated in various positions, demonstrating a slow-motion action within the Cosmic Womb, an expansive fictional land Choi invented that informs her body of work.
Gao’s quietly electric paintings of sharks, bears, and other predatory animals, rendered in thin flats of the fluorescent hues he considers to be the tones of his generation, conjure intimate portraits with a stable gaze that are distinctly more human than feral. Influenced by Eastern Philosophy, his work possesses a harmonious and balanced readability.
Executed through a confluence of monoprinting and painting techniques, Lederer’s works on paper are teeming with fish and reptiles, bold pattern, present day consumer products, and 20th century art historical references. Her close-cropped compositions are a nod to the influence of Instagram on our current visual climate, creating a spatial disorientation.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through July 15.