Marfa Dialogues

Comic Future

27 September 2013 - 2 February 2014

Curated by Fairfax Dorn
27 September 2013 through 2 February 2014

Opening reception featuring Devin Gary & Ross: 27 September 2013 from 6-8pm
Community dinner: 27 September 2013 at 8pm under the Shade Structure
Exhibition walkthrough: 28 September 2013 at 11am

Walead Beshty
Liz Craft
Aaron Curry
Carroll Dunham
Arturo Herrera
Mike Kelley
Paul McCarthy
Erik Parker
Sigmar Polke
Peter Saul
Dana Schutz
Michael Williams
Sue Williams

Comic Future features work by artists who employ the language of various and discordant approaches such as abstraction and figuration to twist representation of their immediate environment thereby imbricating a skewed, often apocalyptic vision of the future.

Showcasing works from the 1960s through 2013, the exhibition surveys political satire and cultural commentary through art movements ranging from capitalist realism to contemporary pop art. The works include early drawings by Sigmar Polke, collage by Walead Beshty, painting by Carroll Dunham and Peter Saul, alongside newer works by Dana Schutz, Sue Williams, Michael Williams and Erik Parker and sculpture by Aaron Curry, Liz Craft and Mike Kelley. A Ballroom-commissioned site-specific wall installation by Arturo Herrera will complete the show.

Drawing from the art-historical lineage of cubism, cartoons, figurative painting and gestural abstraction, and appropriating subjects from mythology, advertising, print culture and consumerism, Comic Future is as much about the breakdown of the human condition as it is about the absurdities which define the perils of human evolution. The exhibition will be on view September 27, 2013 through February 2, 2014.

To inaugurate Comic Future, Ballroom Marfa will host a weekend of festivities, including an opening on September 27 from 6 to 8pm. The reception also features a performance by Devin Gary & Ross, a visually inclined trio of musicians, also featuring New York avant garde rock legend Kramer. Directly following the opening reception is a community dinner at 8pm under the Shade Structure. There will be an exhibition walk-through with the artists on Saturday, September 28, at 11am.

All events are free and open to the public.

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten interview with curator Fairfax Dorn and artists Adam Helms and Carroll Dunham from September 27, 2013.

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten interview with artist and musician Gary Panter, who, with his band Devin Gary & Ross, played the opening of Comic Future, from September 26, 2013.

    Special thanks to 303 Gallery, Brice Beasley, Michael Camacho, Chinati Foundation, Rob Crowley, Tim Crowley and Jennifer Bell of the Crowley Theater, Hilary duPont, Cuca Flores, Food Shark, Genevieve Gallaway, Gladstone Gallery, Eric & Debbie Green, Ginger Griffice, Hauser & Wirth, Alan Hergott & Curt Shepard, Judd Foundation, Maiya Keck, Eric Martinez, Rebecca McGivney, Michael Werner Gallery, Ignacio Perez Meruane, Paul Kasmin Gallery, Riley O’Bryan, WN Parrott, Petzel Gallery, Regen Projects, Francisco Rosas, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, Gory Smelley, Berry Stein and Justin Waugh.

    Comic Future has been made possible through the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; the Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and generous contributions by Ballroom Marfa members.