You Could Make an Onion Cry | Satellite Project Space
Opening reception: Friday October 2 at 7pm
Satellite Project Space
121 Dundas St. London Ontario
In 2000 American pop duo Daphne and Celeste released their song You Ugly, a now-classic that despite mixed reviews gained a cult following that has made the tune unmistakable even fifteen years later. The bubblegum pop-cum-cheerleader chant is fun and harsh, using outrageous, comedic, and hyperbolic language to antagonize its subjects.
The girls’ sudden transformation into the clichéd top of the school social pyramid prefaces their rattled-off list of insults. Just as the two take on the look of a cheerleader to suit their arrogance the works in this exhibition adopt aesthetics and iconography in order to antagonize the viewer while examining and (sometimes) shaming their actions.
The exhibition is accompanied by performances:
BAD JAZZ performed by Ronnie Clarke
In BAD JAZZ, the artist recalls the memory of being a child dancer, who in every class was constantly stared at by "The Girl with Blue Eyes". When the viewer takes their seat, the performance ceases. In BAD JAZZ, the viewer is soon confronted with their own presence.
Friday October 2 2-5pm
Friday October 9 2-5pm
Saturday October 10 2-5pm
Get a Tan performed by Robin Scott and Danny Welsh
Thursday October 8 at 4pm
About the Artists
Maintenance. To maintain. To continue, carry on. Temporary solutions. Artificial. Superficial. Surface solutions to perpetuating problems. An aging body. A used object. Stitch the wound and re-lace the shoe. This performance will clean rather than construct. A body. Improve rather than replace. An object. Do(n't) fix it if it is(n't) broken.
Clarke's current work is a mix of hybrid, immersive and performative media and installation.
Sean T. Cox
With an emphasis on contemporary media and sculpture, my research examines the long term social implications of 'Big Data' collection and its usage. Utilizing code manipulation, I re-contextualize digital information to produce artwork that explores counterfactual thinking.
The objective of my work is to navigate ideas of drinking culture, performative male attitudes, and rituals. The paintings explore a contention towards a hyper-masculine environment. These works are both a reflection of self and setting.
Alexis Perlman is interested in the relationship between found text and image. Her work focuses on assemblage between humans, materials, language, and social structures. Perlman’s work speaks to the output of information: colour, language, and line and how they all relate to a certain slang and an ignorance that is prominent in today's society. She utilizes a variety of mediums to remind her viewers that they are not just consumers, but producers and reproducers.
Robin Scott is a multidisciplinary artist that playfully challenges everyday looking with indulgent, sensory stimulation. In her work, the position of the viewer and the interaction with the work is equally as considered as the work itself. Movement and performance play a key role in the development of an optic flow field, where one work flows into the other by sharing each other’s energy and space. These relationships explore sustainable practices, fashion, nature, poise, hip hop, provisional gesture and the energy created by colour. More information and images can be found at www.arobinscott.com
You could make an onion cry is curated by Lucas Cabral on behalf of VASA.
Lucas Cabral is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture, installation, and photography. Cabral's practice is object and material based. Works looks to simultaneously exploit utilitarian and aesthetic potential in an object while examining queerness, character performance, and notions of community.