On Saturday, July 1 from 5–8 PM join us for the Opening Party of PIPPA GARNER: $ELL YOUR $ELF, Garner's first New York institutional solo exhibition—a kaleidoscopic introduction to five decades of the artist’s visionary practice and deviant solutions to solve everyday problems in post-Fordist America.
Directly addressing the anxiety, alienation, and paranoia that courses through the office and home, Garner proposes devices to deflect, subvert, or retool the mounting pressures of productivity and visibility today. Embracing pleasure and kink, her works take the form of mail-order catalogs, classified ads, garments, custom cars, hormone-hacking, and performances on the streets or on television. Camouflaging her work in the shiny optimism of a sales pitch, she expresses pessimism, ambivalence, and exhaustion. Knowing how the language of liberation is co-opted by commercial forces, Garner offers a rejoinder, cloaking herself within the machinery of the apparatus in an attempt to trip its circuit.
$ELL YOUR $ELF premieres Garner’s latest work, Haulin' Ass! (2023), a fully-functional 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck with its exterior rotated 180 degrees and welded back together, replete with super-sized truck nuts. Commissioned by Art Omi, Haulin' Ass! will be activated in performances in New York City and the Hudson Valley throughout the run of the exhibition.
REALITY IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
SAT JUL 1 ┃9 PM–LATE
Keep the celebration going by heading over to Kasuri's event space at the Cannonball Factory in Hudson for Reality Is Not Your Friend – PIPPA GARNER: $ELL YOUR $ELF Opening Afterparty, taking place from 9 PM to late.
Ticket required for entry.
PIPPA GARNER: $ELL YOUR $ELF
Saturday, June 24–Sunday, October 29, 2023
Image Credits (Left to Right): Pippa Garner, Backwards Car, 1973-1974. Performance documentation, San Francisco; Pippa Garner, Kar-Mann (Half Human, Half Car), 1969. Fiberglass, urethane foam, metal, paint, wood, astroturf, and other materials, dimensions variable; Pippa Garner, I PAY MY STALKER A LIVING WAGE, from the series “Shirtstorm,” c. 2005–. Mixed media on t-shirt, dimensions variable. All images courtesy of the artist and STARS Gallery, Los Angeles.