Dancing with Dystopia

June 11 - August 7, 2015

Robert S. Neuman

Ship to Paradise #2 (The Island)

1987

Mixed media on paper

22 1/8 x 30 in.

56.2 x 76.2 cm

 

 

Linda Cross

Unearth

1988

Mixed media assemblage on canvas

80 x 65 x 4 inches

203.2 x 165.1 x 10.2 cms

Installation View

Richard Haden

Blue Gas Can

mahogany wood and metallic paint

7 x 14 x 20 in.

17.8 x 35.6 x 50.8 cm

Installation View

Robert Rasely

The Expectation-Turning Bread and Water into Tea and Cakes

1995-6

oil on panel

6 x 7 inches

15.2 x 17.8 cm

Robert Rasely

Species Revealed

1996

oil on board

8 x 7 inches

20.3 x 17.8 cms

Robert Rasely

Vittoria

1994

oil on board

21 x 18 3/4 in.

53.3 x 47.6 cm

Installation View

James Grashow

No More War

1968

wood block print

34 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches

88.3 x 65.4 cms

Edition 1/150

Robert Rasely

Armored Vehicle Model

5 x 6 1/2 x 5 in.

12.7 x 16.5 x 12.7 cm

Juan Gonzalez

Untitled

Circa 1972

oil on canvas

88 x 119 1/4 in.

223.5 x 302.9 cm

Kathy Calderwood

Donald

1975

acrylic on panel

12 x 14 in.

30.5 x 35.6 cm

Installation View

Kathy Calderwood

Malkkiyah, Hold my Hands

1972

tempera on board

9  1/2 x 11 1/2 in.

24.1 x 29.2 cm

Derrick Guild

Melon Lemon

2006

oil on resin

5 x 8 x 6 in.

12.7 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm

Richard Rosenblum

African Medicine

Circa 1985

bronze

15 x 7 1/2 x 2 inches

43.2 x 25.4 x 12.7 cms

Richard Rosenblum

Abduction

1985

metal

23 x 21 x 12 in.

58.4 x 53.3 x 30.5 cm

Installation View

Wayne Nowack

View Through the Game Room Window

1969

mixed media

17 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.

44.5 x 56.5 x 14 cm

Wayne Nowack

Armored Metaphysical Landscape

March 25, 1972

pen, watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper in artist's frame

6 1/4 x 8 in.

15.9 x 20.3 cm

Sharon Kopriva

Red Fish and Light

1985

oil on paper

30 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches

77.5 x 97.8 cm

Joseph Kurhajec

Untitled

mixed media construction

54 x 35 x 10 inches

137.2 x 88.9 x 25.4 cm

William Pellicone

Three Trees

1963

mixed media and pyrography on wood

12 1/4 x 9 inches

31.1 x 22.9 cm

Jerry McLaughlin

Untitled (Machinery) 

1985

oil on panel

48 x 48 inches

121.9 x 121.9 cms

Installation View

Barton Benes

Untitled (Fetish Figure)

c. 1973

Glass and mud

20 x 12 x 8 in.

50.8 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm

 

Barton Benes

American Pie

1985

Mixed media: paper, collage, doily, mud, shredded money and a jellybean

30 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (sheet); 31 1/2 x 23 x 3 1/2 in. (overall)

77.5 x 57.2 cm (sheet); 80 x 58.4 x 8.9 cm (overall)

Installation View

Barton Benes

Untitled (Barbed Wire-Bounded Book)

1973

Mixed media book construction

7 1/2 x 12 x 8 in.

19.1 x 30.5 x 20.3 cm

Robert Arneson

Untitled (Brick with Finger Protruding, Puncture and Lumps) 

1965

Ceramic with glaze

6 x 8 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.

15.2 x 22.5 x 7 cm

Dan Basen

St. Suzanne

1964

Mixed media construction

11 x 9 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.

27.9 x 24.8 x 4.1 cm

Signed, titled and dated on reverse

Peter Dean

Berlin: Recurring Dream

1983

Oil on canvas

80 x 66 in.

203.2 x 167.6 cm

Peter Dean

White Lamb

ca. 1969 

Oil on panel

14 x 8 in.

35.6 x 20.3 cm

Peter Dean

The Act

1970

Oil on panel

16 x 8 in.

40.6 x 20.3 cm

Jack Whitten

Zen Master

1968

Oil on canvas

63 1/4 x 86 in.

160.7 x 218.4 cm

Signed and dated viewer's lower right

Installation View

Susan Goodrich

The Lightcrust Doughgirls Press on to Vic-Tow-Reee!

1977

oil on masonite

10  x 16 inches

25.4 x 40.6 cms

Robert Mallary

Child

1961

Mixed media and resin

19 x 10 x 5 1/2 in.

48.3 x 25.4 x 14 cm

David Beck

Anonymity

1980

Mixed media construction

6 1/8 x 8 1/8 x 3 1/8 in.

15.6 x 20.6 x 7.9 cm

Press Release

Allan Stone Projects is pleased to present Dancing with Dystopia, on view June 11- August 7, 2015. Selected from the Allan Stone Collection, this exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, and assemblages of approximately 25 artists that reconcile cataclysmic themes with a sense of irony or humor. Forgoing the traditional narrative, these artists use their own visual language to convey a universal uneasiness about the future. These works engage the viewer with a psychological disruption that ignites the emotional in lieu of the rational.

 

Ship to Paradise #2 (The Island), 1987, by Robert S. Neuman encapsulates a major theme in the show: man’s reflection on the human condition and the modern life around him. A cacophonous otherworld includes an encumbered ship that serves as a symbol for man’s quest for a better life. The allegorical theme suggests an arduous journey through the clutter of material attachments and their distractions en route to enlightenment. Ship to Paradise promotes the abandonment of these material burdens for the sake of spiritual progress.

 

Another work in the show explores ideas of entropy and brutality inflicted on the world. Linda Cross’ Unearth, 1988, is a large relief that appears to be an assemblage of metal trash, but is in fact hand-made by the artist using paper maché, styrofoam, and paint. Creating an illusion of material detritus, the artist highlights the environmental impact of man-made waste and debris. The title suggests both an excavation of the work’s materiality and a humanistic exploration of the effects of modern civilization. Other works in the show experiment with similar ideas and materials such as Barton Benes’ Untitled (Fetish Figure) c. 1973, César’s Petit Insecte, 1959, and Robert Mallary’s Child, 1961.

 

The exhibition includes works by Robert Arneson, Dan Basen, David Beck, Barton Benes, Kathy Calderwood, César, Linda Cross, Peter Dean, Juan Gonzalez, Susan Goodrich, James Grashow, Richard Haden, Sharon Kopriva, Joseph Kurhajec, Robert Mallary, Jerry McLaughlin, Robert Neuman, Wayne Nowack, Bill Pellicone, Robert Rasely, Richard Rosenblum, Luis Saez, Kurt Trampedach and Jack Whitten.