Felipe Baeza, Untitled (so much darkness, so much brownness), 2016
Kelly Akashi, David Alekhuogie, Felipe Baeza, Vanessa Conte, Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza, Nikita Gale, ektor garcia, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Olga Koumoundouros, Young Joon Kwak, Candice Lin and Patrick Staff, Oren Pinhassi, Christina Quarles, Kenneth Tam
Organized by Danielle Shang
May 26 – July 7, 2018
Commonwealth and Council and Skibum MacArthur are pleased to present Demolition WoManhood. The show revisits the 2013 exhibition Demolition Woman organized by Commonwealth and Council at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, which featured “an intergenerational sisterhood of artists whose projects re-envision our shared habitat through inflections of difference.” Demolition WoManhood continues the queering mandate by bringing together artists who question and dismantle dominant systemic power structures of patriarchy, white supremacy, heteronormativism, and imperialism through practices that propose alternative values and histories.
Employing material transformation, conceptual recontextualization, and minoritarian perspectives, Demolition WoManhood deconstructs and reconstructs the myriad social codes we have been conditioned to accept as the status quo. Vanessa Conte, ektor garcia, Young Joon Kwak, Oren Pinhassi, and Christina Quarles reconsider norms and standards regarding gender and sexuality. Kelly Akashi, Olga Koumoundouros, and Candice Lin and Patrick Staff play the roles of hackers and decipherers who experiment with the physical and material conventions of art objecthood to explore issues of political and social import; while Felipe Baeza, Beatriz Cortes and Rafa Esparza, and Suki Seokyeong Kang privilege viewpoints of the non-West, proffering alternative art histories of the East and global South. David Alekhuogie, Nikita Gale, and Kenneth Tam decode the language and aesthetics of industrial design and mass media to critique the values propagated by these capitalist apparatuses.
The show also marks the merger of Commonwealth and Council and Skibum MacArthur. Skibum MacArthur will conclude its operations following Demolition WoManhood and fold its programming into Commonwealth and Council beginning in September 2018.