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SQUIRTS
2/23/2013- 3/31/2013


February 23—March 31, 2013
April Childers, David Leggett, Max Maslansky
Opening Reception: Saturday February 23, 2013, 7-10pm Digesting images and objects from popular culture, artists April Childers, David Leggett and Max Maslansky take on the roles of both cultural deviants and comedians, delivering hard and fast truths through urgent expression. Childers’ sculptures use found objects alongside constructed supports that frame an intuitive symbology which pulls from cartoons, dollar store detritus, ghostly imagery and taxidermy. Leggett’s paintings, sprinkled with craft materials such as felt, pom poms and wiggle eyes, directly and playfully address racially loaded moments of self-identification. Maslansky’s paintings—often made on old bedsheets—come out of an archive of images self-consciously scavenged from the depths of the internet, probing into the comical absurdities of voyeurism and the male ego. April Childers (b. 1979, Strawberry Plains, TN) received her BFA from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and her MFA from the University of South Florida in 2009. Exhibitions include New Capital (Chicago, IL), The Front (New Orleans, LA) and Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers (Newark, NJ). She is also a collaborator in the ongoing project, Destineez Child. April lives and works in New York. David Leggett (b. 1980, Springfield, MA) received his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (2003), and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). He has shown his work throughout the United States and internationally, including recent solo shows at Western Exhibitions (2012) and the Hyde Park Art Center (2012) in Chicago. He received the visual artist award from 3Arts in 2009. David lives and works in Chicago. Max Maslansky (b. 1976, Los Angeles, CA) received his BFA from Bard College in 1999 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006. He has held solo exhibitions at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles in 2006 and 2007 and at Emma Gray HQ in 2011. He hosts a bi-monthly talk show, "Riffin’", on KChung Radio (www.kchungradio.org), Los Angeles, where he lives and works. He will be included in Made in Space at Night Gallery, Los Angeles curated by Laura Owens and Peter Harkawik in March 2013.


Press:

Not Taking the 1990s Very Seriously
Hyperallergic: Eve Perry




Installation view of SQUIRTS


Installation view of SQUIRTS


Installation view of SQUIRTS


Installation view of SQUIRTS

April Childers and Max Maslansky



Installation view of SQUIRTS

April Childers and David Leggett


David Leggett and April Childers


Max Maslansky
Painting 2012 acrylic on bed sheet 40 x 40 inches

David Leggett
Painting Clubs 2012 ink on paper 9 x 12 inches


Dave Leggett and April Childers


Max Maslansky Break Time 2012 acrylic on bed sheet 40 x 50 inches


Installation view of SQUIRTS


April Childers Detail of Threshold Apprehension (One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other in a Grave) 2013 sheetrock, wood, plastic dog rocker, framed photo, air dry clay, epoxy putty, fabric, battery operated candlestick, plastic fly 48” x 96" x 52.5"


David Leggett That good good 2012 Rubber stamp, ink, and color pencil on paper 9 x 12 inches Sugar Foot 2012 Ink and color pencil on paper 9 x 12 inches Real Men 2012 Ink on color pencil on paper 9 x 12 inches


April Childers Clarissa 2012 canvas, acrylic paint, ball chain, rabbits foot 11 x 14.5 x 4.75


April Childers For Safe Keeping ( M.W.'s Broom) 2013 broom and taxidermy mouse 11.5 x 63.75 x 9.75 (from wall)


April Childers Detail of For Safe Keeping ( M.W.'s Broom) 2013 broom and taxidermy mouse 11.5 x 63.75 x 9.75 (from wall)


Max Maslansky Ash Tray 2012 Acrylic on canvas 12 inches diameter


April Childers A Place to put Things (Whose Fault is it for Livin Anyways?!) 2013 various materials 125 x 64 x 132 inches


April Childers Detail of A Place to put Things (Whose Fault is it for Livin Anyways?!) 2013 various materials 125 x 64 x 132 inches


April Childers Detail of A Place to put Things (Whose Fault is it for Livin Anyways?!) 2013 various materials 125 x 64 x 132 inches


Installation of David Leggett works in SQUIRTS


Installation view of David Leggett works in SQUIRTS


Installation view of David Leggett works in SQUIRTS