Alex Gingrow
What she crying about?, 2012
Graphite and acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches

Alex Gingrow
It’s $3million. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?, 2013
Graphite and acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches

Alex Gingrow
So, which one do you think my friends will notice more?, 2013
Graphite and acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches

Alex Gingrow
Jerry Saltz...Jerry Saltz? Oh, wait! You mean the guy from that TV show?, 2012
Graphite and acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches

Alex Gingrow
He owes me so much money., 2012
Graphite and acrylic on paper
22 x 30 inches

Karen Finley
The Complaint Booth
Work in progress

Karen Finley
The Art World and It's Discontents: A community board Mandala
Saturday, July 13, 2013
work in progress

Karen Finley
Still from The Troubles Version #2
Edition of 5
30min 33sec

Karen Finley
Still from The Troubles Version #2
Edition of 5
30min 33sec

Karen Finley
installation view The Troubles Version #2
Edition of 5
30min 33sec

Loren Munk
Bushwick, an Interim Attempt at Documentation, 2012-2013
Oil on linen
60 x 54 inches

Loren Munk
The East Village, 2011-13
Oil on linen
84 x 145 inches

Loren Munk
The Bowery Small, 2006-2007
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches

Loren Munk
burg-n-Bush, 2012-2013
Oil on linen
30 x 70 inches

Loren Munk
An Attempted Documentation Williamsburg, 2008-2011
Oil on linen
60 x 72 inches

Michael Scoggins
Decorative Piece (one in violet), 2013
Marker, Prismacolor on paper
33 x 51 inches

Michael Scoggins
The Gold Standard, 2013
Marker, Prismacolor on paper
33 x 51 inches

Michael Scoggins
Liar, Liar, 2013
Graphite, Prismacolor on paper
67 x 51 inches

Michael Scoggins
Explosion Drawing #3, 2013
Marker, Prismacolor on paper
67 x 51 inches

Michael Scoggins
Masterpiece, 2013
Graphite, Prismacolor on paper
67 x 51 inches

William Powhida & Jade Townsend
Ars Desiderium, 2013
Graphite and gold leaf on paper
34 x 45 inches

William Powhida & Jade Townsend
Still from The End (Ars Valor),
Pastel and chalkboard paint on panel
40 x 60 inches

William Powhida & Jade Townsend
Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes, 2013
Digital print
44 x 86 inches

William Powhida & Jade Townsend
A War of All Against All, 2013
Digital print and gold leaf on vellum

William Powhida & Jade Townsend
Ars Tractus, 2013
Graphite and gold leaf on paper
34 x 45 inches

Karen Finley
A selection of videos from the Complaint Booth
CLICK HERE to view on vimeo

Alex Gingrow, Karen Finley, Loren Munk, Michael Scoggins, William Powhida & Jade Townsend

"THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ART WORLD, PART I: THE ONE-PERCENTERS"

July 11 – September 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

If this were a typical press release, for a typical summer group show in NYC, we might pontificate about how the Art World is steadily failing, and give examples of its slow and embarrassing demise due to ruthless marketeering, commodity art trading, and corrupt price-fixing by the major auction houses. We would make clever references to The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization, in film and book form, and liberally sprinkle in heavy quotes of apocalypse and doom from Nietzsche, Kazantzakis, and Homer's Iliad. We would further demonstrate how each artist in this exhibition portrays his or her own singular take on the Art Industry's Ruin with very personal, autobiographical references - battling substance abuse in a former life; shocking the public with certain kinds of chocolate-covered root vegetables penetrating certain orifices from another; wild professional jealousy, anger, passion, greed, avarice, and other assorted vices, and a host of other bad behaviors for others - and then long and painful rehabilitations into the public eye.

But this is no ordinary summer show, and hence there will be no typical, CliffsNotes-style press release.

Instead, the work speaks for itself - so please join us at 530 West 24th St on Thursday, July 11th from 6-9 pm, grab a lobster roll off one of the food trucks rented for the 24th st block party, relax and take in the show. You can already smell the acrid fumes of the Art World's gradual self-immolation, so breathe in deeply. The show will deliver as promised, with highlights including Karen Finley's Interactive Complaint Booth; Alex Gingrow's faux-gallery provenance stickers; Loren Munk's large-scale art world conspiracy map paintings; Michael Scoggins' acerbic art world one-liner jabs; and last but not least, William Powhida & Jade Townsend's chalk vine animation. So enjoy the ride on the grand HMS Artworld, sinking swiftly into the shadowy depths of Oblivion. Women and children first, if there are any lifeboats still available. And The Band Plays On.....!

For further information, please contact Nick Lawrence at 212-691-7700, or nick@freightandvolume.com.