"ACT LIKE YOU'RE FINE" - VACANT GALLERY - TOKYO - AUGUST 13TH, 2011
"Act Like You're Fine" deals with the things that consume us with obsession to the point of losing our self control - the things that drive us to passionate madness, behavior we don't recognize, frantic devotion - the feeling that we are not the rider, but are being ridden.
In this study on human limitation, Leigh Ledare looks at his own mother's uncomfortably public, sexualized pursuits, while Matthu Placek examines his addiction to all too easily organized sex romps via the internet. On the opposite ends of the spectrum, renowned musician Michael Stipe has abstracted an ongoing fascination with the corners of different rooms in his extensive international travels, while Lola Dupre obsessively deconstructs, and reconstructs photographs in her collages.
Regardless of subject matter, each artist in this show is revealing something deeply intimate, both of themselves and the curious part of human nature that welcomes wounds at the hands of love, and relentlessly pines for a fantasy of something unrequited, and forever just out of reach.
Leigh LedareSlava Mogutin
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