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Post 9-11

OHWOW's group show reflecting the American mood of the past decade

by Deborah Herr in Culture on 23 June 2011

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As its name suggests, OHWOW's "Post 9-11" show presents work by nine New York-based artists whose pieces are evocative of the mixed American mood following the attacks on that day in September 2001. While none of the work addresses the pivotal event explicitly, the curators explain that the exhibition "title puts a time stamp on this particular decade and marks a turning point for this group of artists."

Of course, there's also a mix of self-seriousness and an ironic tone here preventing too deep a read of the title. More than anything, the collaboration of these artists and friends—Dan Colen, Terence Koh, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow and Aaron Young—speaks to their bond and an inherent "interconnectedness of the work," united by place and time despite their distinct forms of expression.

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One work in particular, the late Dash Snow's digital color print, "Untitled," (above, 2008, courtesy of the Dash Snow Estate) conceptually anchors the artists' shared histories as lived on the streets of the city. The image of a mysterious, vomit-like splatter on pavement that seems as chaotic and repulsive as the actual events of 9-11. While the piece, both unapologetic and defiant, accounts for one end of the exhibition's spectrum as a "visual memoir of a defining era," it also introduces the tragedy of Dash's untimely death, a moment that now unavoidably also defines the era and group.

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The show opens at OHWOW's Los Angeles gallery with a reception on Thursday evening, 30 June 2011, and will run until 27 August 2011.

Pictured, top row from L-R: Aaron Young, "HOME" (2011), courtesy of Bortolami; Dan Colen,“Blop!” (2011), courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever. Above: Ryan McGinley, "Tom (Golden Tunnel)" (2010), image courtesy Team Gallery and the artist.

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