November 20 – December 20, 2012
Monday - Sunday: 2pm - 7pm

Opening: November 20, Tuesday, 7PM

the fridge & Haspel
8 Madrid Blvd.

Istvan Kantor and Nina Arsenault work in collaboration over an episode from the autobiographic movie by Kantor “The Crime of Embellishment – Releasing the Demons”. In this episode titled “The Book of Neoism?!” they “extremely exploit” their bodies and minds in a 24-hours performance – the stage version of “The Book of Neoism?!” which Kantor writes all through his lifetime. The photos and videos documenting the performance appropriate the clich?d “revolutionary” aesthetics for the aims of a real revolutionary artistic and queer underground. The marginal and unrecognized becomes “starry” and leading in this performance which works on many levels – from the absurdist-subversive to the clich?d-and-glamourous, creating a contrast that pleases the eyes between the attributes of the absolute femininity and the absolute masculinity – both stage-like and performative.
 In his work “Be a part of the revolution!” bionihil kisses the memorial of S?ndor Pet?fi in Weimar. With this same-sex reconstruction of the Pygmalion myth bionihil tries to re-live the revolutionary spirit of the poet in an epoch in which he thinks he is extremely needed, thus posing a challenge to the standard perceptions of love. The dead sculpture should be moved, the radical ideas should be freed from the mummifying force of history. It is very likely that the living presence of the stone idols we have created be a challenge for us today and break our ideas on what our “stars” are.

Oleg Mavromatti is presented with drawings that treat from a different angle the relation between “star” idols and standards of gender behavior that are created by social attitudes. The aesthetics is half-childish, but at a closer look the contents is confusing and funny. With this choice of contrasts the artist sets questions about our early upbringing and to what extent does it define our further thinking in the future. The drawings are part of series where the artist mixes contemporary social and political subjects with urban and internet folklore.

Umnaia Masha shows her comics devoted to issues of people with identity other than the heterosexual one. Via a realistic language and radically simplified aesthetics these drawings of cases make us think about the “starry” place that the family occupies in sociely and to what extent the all the more “starry” categories such as love, compassion, solidarity, mutual aid and respect are victims of standardized, limiting conventions directed against one’s freedom. And are not they also part of our lack of desire and fear to come out of the comforting unification in which society - and we ourselves as part of that society - expect us to be?

bionihil (Belarus/Germany), Istvan Kantor (Hungary/Canada) and Nina Arsenault (Canada), Oleg Mavromatti (Bulgaria/USA) and Umnaia Masha (Russia).