Jennifer Sullivan
still from Adult Movie, 2011

Tom Sanford
Whitney Houston
Oil on wood
40 x 48 inches

Greg Miller
The Erection Set #2, 2012
Mixed media collage
48 x 60 inches

Maria Kreyn
Fractal Sex
Oil on linen
36 x 30 inches

Ryan Schneider
As Above So Below
Oil on canvas
42 x 36 inches

Emet Sosna
Meyoube, 2012
Oil, ink, acrylic, silk, on papers adhered to canvas
60 x 36 inches

Rebecca Goyette
Fuck Platter movie poster, 2012
c-print

Rebecca Goyette
Lobsta Rollin' movie poster, 2012
c-print

Rebecca Goyette
Touch My Hull movie poster, 2012
c-print

David Baskin
Dildos/Cosmetic Bottles, 2010
Cast urethane rubber and pigment
16 x 9 x 12 inches

Russell Tyler
Fuck Face, 2012
Oil on canvas
14 x 11 inches

Aaron Johnson
Turduckin'
Acrylic, stinging nettle, jute rope, hair, and polyester net on linen
48 x 60 inches

Paul Brainard
The Birth of Tim Tebow, 2012
Pen, pencil and collage on paper
26 1/2 x 39 inches

Hye Rim Lee
still from Strawberry Garden, 2011
3d animation, stereo sound
2'42" loop

Johnston Foster
El Natural, 2012
Sculpture
6 x 3 feet
(Courtesy RARE Gallery, New York)

Lance Rautzhan
Yer Mom, 2012
Acrylic enamel, ink and paint marker on canvas
40 x 30 inches

David Humphrey
Clown Girl, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 54 inches

Jazz-Minh Moore
Tree, 2012
Acrylic and resin on birch panel
5 x 7 inches

Jazz-Minh Moore
Broom Closet, 2012
Acrylic and resin on birch panel
5 x 7 inches

Jazz-Minh Moore
Thailand, 2012
Acrylic and resin on birch panel
5 x 7 inches

Jazz-Minh Moore
Parking Lot, 2012
Acrylic and resin on birch panel
5 x 7 inches

Ulrike Theusner
Beverly, 2012
Ink and gouache on paper
32 x 24 inches

Ulrike Theusner
Trish, 2012
Ink and gouache on paper
32 x 24 inches

David Kramer
70's Porn, 2012
Oil, lightbulb, gel on canvas
57 x 48 inches

Austin Eddy
I'm Outta Here B, 2012
Acrylic, ink, oil pastel and cardboard on canvas
20 x 24 inches

Duncan Hannah
RATED XXX, 2010
Collage
14 x 11 inches

Duncan Hannah
Collage

Andrew Smenos
She's a Fox, 2012
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

Joe Heaps Nelson
Dirty Dozen (Public Display of Affection), 1997
Oil and enamel on canvas
102 x 60 inches

Andy Cross
Untitled-Pyramid Love, 2012
Oil on collaged canvases
60 x 45 inches

Kevin Kay
Les Femmes Cigarette, 2005
Mixed media on paper
29 x 43 inches

Ion Birch
Untitled
Graphite on paper
25 x 15 inches

Ion Birch
Untitled
Graphite on paper
15 x 19 inches

Richard Butler
Untitled, 2012
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches

Nicole Wittenberg
Two Guys in a Bucket, 2012
Ink on paper
24 x 19 inches

Erik Den Breejen
It's a Dirty World II, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
42 x 54 inches

"THE DOUBLE DIRTY DOZEN (& FRIENDS)"

August 16 – September 22, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE DOUBLE DIRTY DOZEN (& FRIENDS)
@ FREIGHT+VOLUME, AUG 16 – SEPT 22, 2012

Featuring: Michael Anderson, David Baskin, Chris Biddy, Ion Birch, Paul Brainard, Shiva Burgos, Richard Butler, Francesco Civetta aka DJ CASH, Andy Cross, Jules De Balincourt, Erik Den Breejen, Kent Dorn, Joel Dugan, Austin Eddy, Johnston Foster, Rebecca Goyette, Duncan Hannah, Daniel Heidkamp, David Humphrey, George Jenne / Damian Stamer, Aaron Johnson, Ezra Johnson, Kevin Kay, David Kramer, Maria Kreyn, Hye Rim Lee, Travis Lindquist, Noah Lyon, Panni Malekzadeh, Andrea Mary Marshall, Greg Miller, Jazz-minh Moore, Joe Heaps Nelson, Lance Rautzhan, Max Razdow, Tom Sanford, Bill Saylor, Kristen Schiele, Ryan Schneider, Andrew Smenos, Emet Sosna, Jennifer Sullivan, Ulrike Theusner, Russell Tyler, Eric White, Genevieve White, Kelli Williams and Nicole Wittenberg.

When Robert Aldrich released his seminal war film in 1967 The Dirty Dozen, starring a seasoned, tough ensemble cast including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, John Cassavettes, Jim Brown and Telly Savalas, he created a genre not just pertinent to film but to other art forms as well. Music, writing, dance and the visual arts also have their renegades, their outcasts and outsiders, who prevail against impossible odds to find redemption through skill, cunning, madness – and their art.

The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends) is an exhibition about the quest for freedom of expression – sexual, intellectual, spiritual, political - and ultimately salvation through making art. While most of the participating artists are not ex-cons, in the process of curating this unruly group I felt somewhat like the character Lee Marvin plays in the film, Major Reisman, assembling his posse of ne’er-do-wells for a suicide mission, in the face of art world establishment. The subject as presented to the double dirty dozen and their friends (which quickly morphed into a group of fifty rabble-rousers) was simply, sex: as explicit, raunchy, funny, bizarre, obscure or fetishistic as possible. Hence the “ratings” disclaimer on our doors during the months of August and September: “No One Under 18 Admitted.” While the goal was not to assassinate a group of German war criminals in a French Chateau, as was the task set forth for the ex-cons-cum-soldiers in the film, the challenge to win over the hearts and libidos of summer/early fall New York gallery-goers was no less daunting.

Here’s just a sampling: Maria Kreyn’s Fractal Sex, featuring a threesome in full-on auto-eroticism; Tom Sanford’s interpretation of Whitney Houston taking her last bath; Jules de Balincourt’s subtle wink and nod to the Sandusky scandal in Early Childhood Development Center; Johnston Foster’s gnarly, oversize sculpture of a dirty old man, El Natural; Jennifer Sullivan’s multi-roled Adult Movie video; Francesco Civetta aka DJ CASH’s Sex Ed 101 romp; Rebecca Goyette + Duke Riley’s tongue-in-cheek X-rated Lobsta Girl adventures; David Humphrey’s dark humor via his red-headed Clown Girl; Aaron Johnson’s bizarre Turduckin’, depicting a nubile blond having multiple penetration with live feces, complete with stinging nettles; Greg Miller’s prurient billboard-collage male gaze; Eric White’s fur-lined, 50’s Coming of Age rendition; Hye Rim Lee’s digital, iconic sex; Kelli William’s exquisite Camouflage arousals; Genevieve White’s abrupt, bodacious close-ups; Daniel Heidkamp’s faux-naïf portrayal of a statuesque blonde nude, Stephi What; Panni Malekzadeh’s adolescent yearnings in Cunt Licker; Paul Brainard’s graphite slant on the kinky and bizarre in The Birth of Tim Tebow; Russell Tyler’s pastiche of blow-up sexdoll commerce, Fuck Face; Noah Lyons’ comic book relief Filth Flarn Filth; Erik Den Breejen’s raunchy rock lyric canvas, It’s a Dirty World II; David Baskin’s ironic cast rubber, dildo-shaped cosmetic bottles; Ulrike Theusner’s mannerist 19th century naughty musings and a multitude of other contributions by familiar faces and surprise guests.

I hope the viewer has as much fun delving into and experiencing this show firsthand, as I had putting it together. And that the few survivors – if any - come home triumphant, or at least find some sort of redemption.

Please join us for a rollicking celebration of The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends) on August 16th from 6-9 pm. For more information please contact Nick Lawrence @ 212-691-7700, or nick@freightandvolume.com.

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