Kathleen Cullen

Flash Mob


April 19 - May 5, 2012


Artists: Taylor Absher, Brock Enright, John Filker, Leo Gabin, Peter Gerakaris, Judith Harvey, Harmony Korine, Molly Larkey, Gail Leboff, Lawrence Lee, Thom McDonell, Monica Moran, Dan Peyton, Nick Poe, Max Snow, Lee Strasburger, Michael St. John


Flash Mob is an expression used to describe a synchronized event where a group rapidly amasses at a specific time and place to perform a seemingly mundane choreographed task — an action that is often meant to critique cultural conformity.


Join Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in New York City for its own “Flash Mob”, where the plurality of the artists' work, concerns, and media coalesce like greased lightening before traveling upstate to the Re Institute as a new iteration of this exhibit.


The existence of so-called "Flash Mobs" predates the term itself. Historically, artists who have been united by a common time and place (such as Paris in the 1920s and NYC in the 1950s), have frequently congregated to debate cultural beliefs, concerns, and approaches to art making — such artists have used their work as a mechanism with which to question the culture of their times. Within the myriad fringe cultures of today, artists more than ever tend to generate their own societal realities and microcosms in an attempt to transcend the individual. Collectively, the artists in this exhibit remain part of this continuum, while simultaneously pushing the envelop of previous artistic movements. Here, you will find everything from fresh perspectives and appropriations of 'traditional media', to new media and performance-based methods — a paradoxically ‘universal plurality’ that renders each artist simultaneously “Individual” AND “Member”. Unconfined by a single medium, these artists embrace everything from photography and drawing, to sculpture, painting, and almost any possible combination therein.  What unifies them is neither a literal theme nor common medium, but rather a sensibility that acknowledges, questions, and deconstructs (if not jettisons) tradition in favor of the more unorthodox and imaginative. Striving to avoid the regurgitation of their own ideas, this Flash Mob boldly pushes boundaries through its ambition of perpetual transformation.