DESSERT & DISORDERS: Erica Schreiner’s stills and videos at Bill Hodges Gallery
Bill Hodges Gallery
Jun. 2, 2011, 06:00 pm
The Bill Hodges Gallery is delighted to announce Dessert & Disorders, artist Erica Schreiner’s first solo exhibition. In a dark humor vein, Dessert & Disorders links together the ideas of the final course of a meal and human obsessive-compulsive disorders. Murky impulses and mental dysfunctions are presented or ‘served’ as a treat, through a combination of video and stills. The show features Schreiner’s most recent work and will run from June 2 to July 2, 2011, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 2 from 6 to 8 PM. Schreiner’s video portrayals are often accompanied with flowers, glitter and food-smashing gestures in what seems to simultaneously be an attempt to establish an imaginary world filled with magic, and an effort to destroy it. Her preoccupation with the theme of an existence, spoiled by illness, reflects the artist’s concern with the idea of vulnerability, an interest that also appears in her previous work. In her portrayals of emotionally and psychologically wounded minds, food and flower crushing and/or glitter and flower embellishments are indicative of a pursued desire to gain control and break the confinement of the mind. Somewhat playfully embedded in the short videos’ narration, those actions reveal an aggressive and more confrontational predisposition in facing human fragility.