AC REPAIR CO.
1588 Dupont St.
Spring/Break Art Show NYC
March 1-7, 2017
Spring/Break Art Show 2017
March 1 – March 7
4 Times Square
Entrance on 43rd Street NYC
Our curatorial statement is in response to this year’s Spring/Break Art Show curatorial theme BLACK MIRROR
AC Repair Co. Curatorial Statement:
I Need A Place To Spend The Day
“[To be a contemporary artist,] one must […] demonstrate that one lives, one must perform being alive. And now I would argue that in our culture it is art that performs this knowledge of being alive. Indeed, the main goal of art is to show, expose, and exhibit modes of life.
– Boris Groys, In The Flow
AC Repair Co. presents three Toronto-based artists: Connor Crawford, Brain Rideout, and Brad Tinmouth, in a poetic examination of their individual practices and the influences that have shaped their thinking about art and how it functions in our everyday life. With great consideration of the concept of time, the artists examine methodologies that surround lore and fantasy, re-purposed for the present. By playing off of recognizable symbols present in media and in design, the artists pleasantly ease their viewers into moments of nostalgia and release.
Connor Crawford creates a world that exists somewhere in the cobwebs of our adolescences. Selecting compositions from early Disney movies from the 1920s and 30s, the artist removes the beloved characters from film stills, leading us into a familiar landscape that feels strangely empty – a hint of presence in a forgotten frame, an almost memory.
Brian Rideout focuses on the mediation and translation of images; his paintings are based on existing photographs from magazines, posters, tv stills, etc. The series “American Collection Paintings” are interior images that have been sourced directly from design magazines from the 1970s and 80s. When translated into paintings that are just shy of photo-realism, the works provoke an odd visceral reaction that suggests an affinity with surrealism and act as a window into a different, yet familiar space.
Brad Tinmouth merges his art practice with real life as he creates work that functions for himself. His pieces are specifically measured for his 6’4” frame, including chairs and shelves that he creates to outfit his studio, offering a glimpse for the viewer into the spatial frame of the artist’s life. This includes, but is not limited to, several works that include “the essentials”: a microwave with hand-rendered etchings inspired by 19th century drawings; a bar unit that includes his favourite alcohol pairings (with an living herb garden); a kitchen table complete with an irrigation system; and pro-mix stools that release a slight aroma when seated on. The work is most successful when the user feels content socially.