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Cocked! The Possessed Male: Object of Desire

Jul 18 - Aug 23, 2008

artist list

Seth Augustine

David Adey

Robert Twomey

Tristan Shone

Dean Deane

Owen Mundy

Marcelino Goncalves

Trey Speegle

Ohn Patrick Salisbury

Craig Kane

Jack Balas

Lael Corbin

Scott Horsley

William Feeney

Jeff Colson

Andy Ralph

Jason Sherry

Brian Dick

Scott Amour

Dean Deane

John Dillemuth

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press release


PRESS RELEASE

COCKED! The Possessed Male: Object of Desire — Art and the Masculine Evolution

Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects is very pleased to present COCKED! The Possessed Male: Object of Desire — Art and the Masculine Evolution, on exhibit from July 18 through August 23, 2008. The opening reception/party will be held on Thursday, July 17, from 7 to 11 pm, and will feature performances by Seth Augustine and Brian Dick.

COCKED! The Possessed Male: Object of Desire is a contemporary survey of post–masculine art created by 21 artists, almost all of them living and working in the San Diego/SoCal region. COCKED! will examine issues of masculinity, art and “production”—the idea that men are predisposed to make, build or transform objects, starting from an early age (forts, go–carts, etc.) to adolescence (cars, music/instruments, etc.) and on through adulthood (houses, furniture, the old garage “shop”—that bastion of unrequited dreams), and even their own bodies (weightlifting, plastic surgery, and drag/gender manipulation). Participating artists include: David Adey, Scott Amour, Seth Augustine, Jack Balas, Jeff Colson, Lael Corbin, Dean Deane (aka Deanna Erdmann), Brian Dick, John Dillemuth, William Feeney, Marcelino Goncalves, Scott Horsley, Criag Kane, Owen Mundy, Andy Ralph, John Patrick Salisbury, Jason Sherry, Tristan Shone, Trey Speegle, Robert Twomey, and Zuri Waters.

Exploring a wide and inclusive range of directions and positions—from social, political, and geographical to gender, sexual and philosophical, and including a broad range of media—from painting, sculpture, and photography to video, installation, and performance—the exhibition poses a number of questions and hypothesis. Are these objects a repository of male ideals, desires, fantasies, pleasures—of the conscious and the unconscious—and by extension a reflection of each man’s sense of self and their individual manhood? Are they objectifications of the artist’s desires—a literal production/performance in response to being under the influence or subjugation of his own (or another person’s) thoughts and feelings—a “power play”? To what extent is the male’s proclivity to construct, build, tinker, fantasize, and objectify a response to the male’s expected role of mastery and control? And is mastery a form of machismo? Can a city be masculine or feminine based on the activities that occur within its boundaries? COCKED! The Possessed Male: Object of Desire hopes to engage in a broader discussion of these and other related issues pertaining to the evolution of the human male species in contemporary society.

ARTIST CREDITS

ENTRY GALLERY:

SETH AUGUSTINE
Flagwaver #2 (documentation of performance at
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, 2007)
2007-2008
Digital pigment print
52 x 42 in (print 30 x 20 in) / 132 x 107 cm (print 76 x 51 cm)
Edition of 10

ROBERT TWOMEY
One Way to Form a Bond (documentation of performance)
2006-2008
Digital pigment print
30 x 20 inches each / 76 x 51 cm
Edition of 5, each

TRISTAN SHONE
Drone Machines: Throttles
2006
Maple, steel, aluminum, motor and electronics
49 x 21 x 30 in / 124 x 53 x 76 cm

DEAN DEANE
Josh and Jacob
2008
Digital pigment print
30 x 30 in / 76 x 76 cm
Edition of 5

PROJECT SPACE GALLERY:

OWEN MUNDY
Self-Portrait/Targets (1, 2, 3)
2007
Tar par, grease pencil, paint
36 x 24 in and 34 x 24 in / 91 x 61 cm and 86 x 61 cm

MARCELINO GONCALVES
Pat Three Ways
2005
Oil on panel, framed
12 x 9 inches each / 30 x 23 cm each

TREY SPEEGLE
Forget Me
2007
Acrylic on vintage paint-by-number panels and frame
25 x 33 in / 63.5 x 84 cm

MAIN GALLERY:

JOHN PATRICK SALISBURY
COCfte_flby Spread
2007
Digital C-print
18 x 48 in / 46 x 122 cm
Edition of 5

JOHN PATRICK SALISBURY
HErc_cntr Spread
2007
Digital C-print
18 x 48 in / 46 x 122 cm
Edition of 5

JOHN PATRICK SALISBURY
VAse_in Spread
2007
Digital C-print
18 x 48 in / 46 x 122 cm
Edition of 5

CRAIG KANE
Self-Portrait
2008
Glazed ceramic, gold leaf
¾ x 1 x 1 in / 2 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm

SETH AUGUSTINE
Perfection
2006
Digital C-print mounted on Gator board
73 x 48 in / 185 x 122 cm
Edition of 5

JACK BALAS
The Model Son
2008
Oil on canvas
40 x 48 in / 102 x 122 cm

LAEL CORBIN
Convection Orogeny
2008
Wood, heat lamp, homemade Brownie
Dimensions variable

SCOTT HORSLEY
The Golden Roll About (#1)
2008
Pencil on paper with gold lead
18 x 14 in / 46 x 35.5 cm

SCOTT HORSLEY
You Will be Hanged Until You're Well Hung
2008
Pencil on paper with gold lead
24 x 24 in / 61 x 61 cm

SCOTT HORSLEY
The Golden Roll About (#2)
2008
Pencil on paper with gold lead
18 x 14 in / 46 x 35.5 cm

SCOTT HORSLEY
The Golden Roll About (#3)
2008
Pencil on paper with gold lead
18 x 14 in / 46 x 35.5 cm

TREY SPEEGLE
POOF
2007
Vintage paint by number drawings and paint
36 x 24 in / 91 x 61 cm

SETH AUGUSTINE
The Man Who’s Arm Exploded
2006
Latex rubber, foam, steel, hardware
96 x 48 x 24 in / 244 x 122 x 61 cm

WILLIAM FEENEY
Common Birth Defects of Mechanical Fasteners
2007
Nails, wood
13 x 16 in / 33 x 41 cm

MARCELINO GONCALVES
Small Town Boys
2005
Oil on panel, framed
12 x 9 inches each / 30 x 23 cm each

JEFF COLSON
Polypolis
2008
Wood table, fiberglass, paint, pencil on fabric
52 x 28 x 48 in / 132 x 71 x 61 cm

ANDY RALPH
Aaaarrrgh!
2008
100 rubber sharks, plywood, steel bracket
35 x 24 x 24 in / 89 x 61 x 61 cm

JASON SHERRY
Imagine Psychology of Churchilli Remanteroticizing Troops and War
2008
Collage
23 x 24 in / 58 x 61 cm

SMALL GALLERY:

BRIAN DICK
Boxing Love: Cell Phone Boxers
2007-2008
Digital inkjet print, Kodak digital frame
36 x 24 in / 91 x 61 cm
Edition of 5

SCOTT AMOUR
Dirty Mouthed Babies
2008
Collage and paint on canvas
30 x 24 in / 76 x 61 cm

DEAN DEANE (aka Deanna Erdmann)
Jason
2008
Digital pigment print
30 x 30 in / 76 x 76 cm
Edition of 5

DEAN DEANE (aka Deanna Erdmann)
Ocotillo
2008
Digital pigment print
30 x 30 in / 76 x 76 cm
Edition of 5

DEAN DEANE (aka Deanna Erdmann)
Robert
2008
Digital pigment print
30 x 30 in / 76 x 76 cm
Edition of 5

JASON SHERRY
I Mean C’mon, Look at Bill Gates or Even Lyle Lovett
2008
Black & white photo
30 x 25 in / 76 x 63.5 cm
Edition of 10

JASON SHERRY
Vague Fiction is Clearly Profound
2008
Black & white photo
30 x 25 in / 76 x 63.5 cm
Edition of 10

JASON SHERRY
I am Always Struggling with My Compulsion of Symmetry
2008
Black & white photo
30 x 25 in / 76 x 63.5 cm
Edition of 10

JOHN DILLEMUTH
Model for GIA Pleasure Palace
2008
Whittled wood, nylon, lace, corduroy fabric, plastic nipple, light, MDF
45 x 15 in / 114 x 38 cm

CRAIG KANE
Untitled (Tits)
2008
Ceramic, felt, gold thread
2 x 1 x 1 in / 6 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm

ZURIEL WATERS
Dress-Up
2008
MDF, halftone print, paint, shirt, corduroy
68 x 24 in / 173 x 61 cm

Center of Room:

WILLIAM FEENEY
Altamont (#1 - #6)
2008
Masonite, sewing machine parts, inkjet transparencies, MDF pedestals
14 x 15 inches each (not including pedestal) / 35.5 x 38 cm

DESK/OFFICE AREA:

JOHN PATRICK SALISBURY
HAppee Spread
Digital C-print
18 x 56 in / 46 x 142 cm
Edition of 5

JACK BALAS
Found
2008
Oil on canvas
22 x 28 in / 56 x 71 cm

DAVID ADEY
High Life
2005
Miller Beer 6-pack
9 x 7.5 x 5 in / 23 x 19 x 13 cm

SCOTT AMOUR
I'm No Sissy (I Drink Beer)
2008
Collage and paint on canvas
24 x 18 in / 61 x 46 cm

VIDEO PROGRAM:

SETH AUGUSTINE
The Big Dance
2007

DEAN DEANE (aka DEANNA ERDMANN)
Donut
2008

ROBERT TWOMEY
One Way to Form a Bond (performance)
2006

TRISTAN SHONE
Drone Machine performance
2008