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Solo show: JOHN KIRCHNER: Infinity (over)

11 September 2010 until 23 October 2010
John Kirchner, Infinity, installation and live performance, contact gallery for details.

1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Infinity is a large-scale sculpture installation by John Kirchner. To create his 4th solo exhibition with the gallery, the DC-based artist physically and metaphorically deconstructs a 26 foot boat. The Chris-Craft cabin cruiser, named "Infinity," was built and marketed in 1955, the year of Kirchner's birth. Reconstructing the vessel in the exhibition space, Kirchner re-interprets the boat's social symbolism, turning the American dream, and the world-view that gave rise to it, on its head.

Kirchner converses with certain artistic traditions as he transforms the pleasure cruiser from a faded symbol of status and progress into a monumental parable about human nature. Known for making irreverent interventions with historied objects, Kirchner often draws upon the conceptualism of Surrealism and Arte Povera. In his new work, he explores the themes of power and vulnerability in Hieronymus Bosch's parody of the Ship of Fools and Michelangelo's depiction of The Deluge in the Sistine Chapel.

Presenting a live performance in the gallery during the opening night reception, Kirchner will confront viewers with a provocative allegory of the human condition.

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