Artists explore masculinity, survival in Columbus art exhibit

Jan 5, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Lantern

A print of a piece of wearable art by Greg Ponchak. He is set to exhibit alongside Kyle Franklin throughout January at ROY G BIV Gallery.

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hey Chocolate Jimmie

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 6, 2014
"Wearable art...?" Looks like a mannequin and a simple, low-rent merchandizing display. Jeez.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#2 Jan 6, 2014
FTA: "Franklin said his work is about blurring the line dividing the conventional notions of what is means to be a man with his own thoughts on masculinity.

He attributes his inspiration to his own childhood growing up in a small town in Illinois."...

“Most of the pieces that I’ve made for the show, I guess I’ve been working at the sewing machine, I don’t know, gardening, and maybe in some way, the things that are traditionally associated with female gender roles,” Ponchak said.

****

I attribute their "inspiration" to their queerness, as engineered by the
US public educaton system.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#3 Jan 6, 2014
hey Chocolate Jimmie wrote:
"Wearable art...?" Looks like a mannequin and a simple, low-rent merchandizing display. Jeez.
It's more of a "Mask-culinity" statement. They're going for the Trayvon Martin slash grandma's hand-knitted do-rag image.
Kinda like an alibi outfit-- If this don't fit, you must acquit.
Friend

Columbus, OH

#4 Jan 6, 2014
As someone who knows both artists personally, I can say that this article does not talk about the work (at all). These "quotes" are taken out of context and arranged in a way that don't reflect their content in any way.
Greg Ponchak

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 6, 2014
As one of the artists written about in this article/”interview,” I have to say that I have serious issues with the way it is written. I have already requested changes be made, but unfortunately, this version of the article has gone to print. That said:

“He finds their similarities in the nature of the artists’ chosen mediums.”

This isn’t something that I said. Towards the end of the interview I was asked if I saw any similarities between my work and Kyle’s. I said that his work confronts gender-norms and that “Most of the pieces that I’ve made for the show, I guess I’ve been working at the sewing machine, I don’t know, gardening, and maybe in some way, the things that are traditionally associated with female gender roles.” This isn’t central to the work or something that I set out to address in my work, it is simply an obtuse similarity that I see between the body of work I created for this show and the work Kyle creates. It is nothing more than that. The article is titled “Artists explore masculinity,” and that isn’t at all what my work is about.

“context of capitalism”

I didn’t say this. The work embodies anti-capitalist tendencies, but I’m honestly not entirely even sure what that means.

“He said his inspiration is drawn from reading the works of Italian Marxist author Franco Berardi as well as stories he has recently seen on the news.”

This list is severely abridged, and I’m not entirely sure why Franco Berardi was singled out. Tiqqun, Claire Fontaine, Metahaven, The Imaginary Party, DSG, The Invisible Committee, Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio, the Situationist International are among other influences.

“There’s obviously the physiological survival that happens in nature,” Ponchak said.“I mean, there’s this set of primary conditions that need to be met, like food and shelter, but it gets more complex in that our existence is virtual.”

This quote is taken so far out of context that its meaning is completely lost. It could be (sort of) fixed as such:“There’s obviously the physiological survival,” Ponchak said.“there’s this set of primary conditions that need to be met, like food and shelter, but it gets more complex in that our existence is split; there is “actual” existence (for lack of a better term), but there is also a virtual component.”

“Ponchak also created wearable items for the exhibit”

I actually didn’t. I created functional objects which were photographed and processed digitally then displayed as print objects.

I have issues with other pieces of the article as well, but these are the major ones. The work I created is not about masculinity, rather it is about survival in a contemporary context, or how it is possible to live within the domination of ideological constructs.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 6, 2014
Friend wrote:
As someone who knows both artists personally, I can say that this article does not talk about the work (at all). These "quotes" are taken out of context and arranged in a way that don't reflect their content in any way.
That's the way the world is ran.
And, I wouldn't consider them "artist's" either.
Greg Ponchak

Columbus, OH

#7 Jan 6, 2014
but I’m honestly not entirely even sure what "context of capitalism" means.*

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#8 Jan 6, 2014
-tip- wrote:
FTA: "Franklin said his work is about blurring the line dividing the conventional notions of what is means to be a man with his own thoughts on masculinity.
He attributes his inspiration to his own childhood growing up in a small town in Illinois."...
“Most of the pieces that I’ve made for the show, I guess I’ve been working at the sewing machine, I don’t know, gardening, and maybe in some way, the things that are traditionally associated with female gender roles,” Ponchak said.
****
I attribute their "inspiration" to their queerness, as engineered by the
US public educaton system.
Are we seeing a return of the "metrosexual" here? I was happy when we were all boys and girls and knew it.
Geronimo

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Jan 6, 2014
PRANCER RED FLAGS:

1. The Lantern
2. "Artists"
3. "Explore Masculinity"

I'm sure there are dozens more but to find them I'd lave to read the article.

"The Lantern" means that's not going to happen.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#10 Jan 6, 2014
Did they talk to Mayor 'Manhood' Coleman?
hey Chocolate Jimmie

Columbus, OH

#11 Jan 6, 2014
Funny, the 'artist' who came up with this line of otherwise bland merchandising mannequin display has a name that sounds like how Asians pronounce "Pontiac." Be it the great chief or the old GM product line.
hey Chocolate Jimmie

Columbus, OH

#12 Jan 6, 2014
sidekick wrote:
<quoted text>
It's more of a "Mask-culinity" statement. They're going for the Trayvon Martin slash grandma's hand-knitted do-rag image.
Kinda like an alibi outfit-- If this don't fit, you must acquit.
Trying to capitalize off of the dead St. Trevonious of Skittlesville without a concurrent line of dental zirconia appliances is doomed to Odd Lots discount bin.
They cannot kill a Spook

Detroit, MI

#13 Jan 6, 2014
hey Chocolate Jimmie wrote:
<quoted text>Trying to capitalize off of the dead St. Trevonious of Skittlesville without a concurrent line of dental zirconia appliances is doomed to Odd Lots discount bin.
That is damn funny yet true.
hey Chocolate Jimmie

Columbus, OH

#14 Jan 6, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
<quoted text>
That is damn funny yet true.
I try Spook. I love bringing mirth. And if I get a laugh off of a Leftists fraud movement and conspiracy against Whites, then so much the better.
sidekick

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 6, 2014
hey Chocolate Jimmie wrote:
<quoted text>I try Spook. I love bringing mirth. And if I get a laugh off of a Leftists fraud movement and conspiracy against Whites, then so much the better.
It's a true form of Art.

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