Dodes & Korshak's WE BUY GOLD Exhibits at Allegra LaViola Gallery, 4/25-5/26
Stephanie Dodes & Marshall Korshak WE BUY GOLD
April 25 – May 26, 2012 Opening Reception: April 25, 6-9PM
Allegra LaViola Gallery is pleased to present Stephanie Dodes & Marshall Korshak: We Buy Gold, an installation and video exhibition. Drawing on pop culture sources such as Disney and rap videos as well as consumerism, Dodes and Korshak rib us about our addiction to everything shiny and glittery, presenting us with the beauty of the objects as a foil to the emptiness of our constant drive to acquire them.
Upon entrance to the exhibition the viewer is immediately drawn in by the necessity of removing their shoes to fully participate. Dodes and Korshak have covered practically every surface in the project space with second hand faux fur, creating a warmly sensual environment. As we are drawn into their world we see it is off kilter: the shapes penetrating the space are nearly colliding and force us into uncomfortable proximity with each other and the fluffy protrusions. The collages adorning the walls are overlapping images of gold and jewels, enticing us to buy but offering nothing-- as fake as the fur beneath our feet.
Inside the rooms the video works submerge us further in the bombastic unreality that Dodes and Korshak favor. Girls recite poetry in faint tones and women aggressively gyrate to a mishmash of arrhythmic tunes. The palpable sense of desire allows us to examine the work through the lens of our consumer culture. The women (and girls) in the video work often appear to be cut off from their surroundings: dancing to beats they cannot keep up with, and surrounded by stuff they cannot see. This could be a metaphor for our own blindness, or a superimposing of the all-consuming female over the very things she is supposed to covet. Within this desire is the conflict and convergence of expectations from both a male and female perspective. Our persistent search for the "next best thing": the newest model, the youngest woman or the perfect man traps us in the endless loop.