October 4, 2013

Nursery, An Installation By General Howe

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There's a new changing table in Chelsea, people.

Nursery, by former Brooklyn [now Wisconsin] street artist General Howe, is the inaugural exhibition at Kianga Ellis Projects. It's an IRL nursery version of The General's vintage kids cartoon-themed tumblr, The Animated Disasters of War Gifs:

For Nursery, the artist has transformed the project room into a fully functioning nursery complete with crib, changing station, disposable diapers, wipes and baby care products. The walls of the installation have been decorated with horrific scenes of bodies being violently torn apart at the moment of gun fire or missile impact.

A new Gif triptych created to accompany the exhibition places the viewer in the position of the child implied by the empty crib in the installation.

Nursery and TADoWG developed out of The General's reflecting back on the violent cartoon and video game imagery he was exposed to as a child, something he began doing in earnest after becoming a father himself this year.

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That heightened awareness is also manifest in other ways:

For the duration of the exhibition, mothers and fathers are welcome to visit the project room to change their babies during gallery strolls in Chelsea or visiting the High Line.

General Howe Nursery runs through Nov. 9, 2013, at Kianga Ellis Projects, 516 W 25th St, #306B, between 10th & 11th Avenues [Kianga Ellis Projects, img via @wagnerblog]
General Howe's tumblr [tumblr]

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