AS IT LAYS, 2012 employs the television talk-show format as a platform to produce contemporary portraits. Using his own flat and backdrop works as set, Israel interviewed some of Hollywood’s most fascinating personalities in a manner that is uncomfortably blank and stoic. The work investigates the absurd behaviors and quotidian rituals that make up the waking hours of each subject’s life. Through an awkward hilarity, these interviews deflate the mystique of Hollywood, engaging each participant in a humbling performance of the self. Exhibition held in the New Genres Gallery space.
The images depicted in Little's art--the animals, people, cars and houses, may be autonomous replicas of what they represent, but they are also, even in their bizarre configuration, objects that are infused with a sense of comical affection. His work crosses many boundaries-- specifically those between art and craft, caricature and satire. His sculptures and installations portray the attributes of humans and animals and the ways these attributes are assimilated into social custom. The characters he creates through this process cut through rage, humor, frustration, and joy in a fashion similar to that of cartoons. Exhibition held in the Main Gallery space.