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Haunch of Venison: Boundaries Obscured
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Haunch of Venison: Boundaries Obscured

Boundaries Obscured is the first show in Haunch of Venison’s new Chelsea venue and features ten artists from the gallery’s stable. Their works are orchestrated in a multi-dimensional dialogue that revolves around conflict: between man and nature, technology and ultimately himself.

(left) Kevin Francis Gray, “The Temporal Sitter”, 2011 (white marble), Courtesy of Haunch of Venison.
(right) Jake & Dinos Chapman, “F****** with Nature”, 2009 (taxidermy dog, cat, rat, fox, hare, rabbit and mice, wood, mild steel, electric motor), Courtesy of Haunch of Venison.

“The Temporal Sitter” by Kevin Francis Gray is reminiscent of the elegant neoclassical sculptures at that epitome of British nobility, Chatsworth House – its subject, however, is a Hackney heroin addict. A subtle critique of the British social system, the work is adjacent to an installation by Jake and Dinos Chapman, who tend to get their point across in a more direct manner. The brothers convey the battle between nature and mankind by placing wild and domestic taxidermied animals on the opposite sides of a moving seesaw. A mouse runs back and forth; perpetually shifting the balance of power.

(left) Gunther Uecker, “Aschemensch” (Ash Man), 1986 (ash, charcoal, glue on canvas), Courtesy of Haunch of Venison.
(right) Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, “The Balcony”, 2011 (single channel video), Courtesy of Haunch of Venison.

A work from his only figurative series, Gunther Uecker’s “Aschemensch” was created in 1986 as a reaction to the Chernobyl disaster. Its human figure is reduced to a faint shadow, surrounded by ashes representative of the radioactive fallout. “The Balcony” by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee depicts the Khrushchyovka; pre-fabricated apartment blocks designed to alleviate the Soviet housing shortage in the 1950s and 60s. Their residents have been able to make a personal mark on the grim architecture by blocking in their balconies, thereby creating much-needed living space for their families.

The exhibition, Boundaries Obscured, can be seen at Haunch of Venison, 550 West 21st Street, Chelsea, New York until 5 November 2011.