ENGINE SWAPPING Exhibition at Marcia Wood Gallery
May 14 – June 20, 2009. installation images
“It’s beautiful, what the Hell” …Will Farrell
A statement and positive review of the latest work by Sunday Southern Art Revival
Sunday Southern Art Revival is making art practice, like an episode of Flight of the Conchords when Brett goes to gang practice. It’s an art workout that confronts notions of quality and authenticity. Michi says, “it’s the practice of anything goes” while Mario practices rubbing it all back out. One theme in the work is “the substitute for the Real Deal” which is an acceptable replacement for something authentic, namely the subject of Art itself. It’s a parody. There are texts present in some works that are taken from art magazines, ads for upcoming shows and notorious art fairs (the ones that define contemporary art and its latest trends) and quotes from reviews of an exhibition. Making an artwork from a review versus writing a review about an artwork is a practice of taking control, displacing the critic and the normal lineage of art evolution: from studio to debut to review to perhaps, even its death, wrapped up in a not so neat package compressing the stages of perception and manipulation.
SSAR, however, IS the real deal: Real Nitty Gritty. George likes to capture the details in which a piece was made. The studio often doubles as a potluck BBQ southern culinary exploration during which collard greens and paint are being stirred at the same time. If a little sauce and beer gets on someone’s Sunday suit it’s almost guaranteed to be in an artwork someplace. Everything is archival when sealed with enough shellac. Recycling is a worthy practice especially when large tasteless quantities of Miller High Life cans are consumed then remade into an exhaust manifold for a sculpture of an engine also made from used materials. The practice is the result of some intense training that never looses any weight and has plenty of impact to boot. –Jesse Cregar — May 2009