Chuck & George: Magnetron Parfait… Beware!
Opening reception will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibitions will be on view through May 9, 2015
Chuck & George: Magnetron Parfait…Beware!
Chuck & George present an immersive installation channeling a bit of 1970’s kitsch. Consistent with their reputation for whimsy, a pyramid of Low-Tech pop art microwaves containing various items such as a turducken gravy boat, sweet piglet pussy pie, and melting parfaits of flattery, create a fantastical tower of lights, sounds and motion. Over-sized tacky wallpaper, grotesquely huge linoleum tiles and an insanely large electric cord plugged into a gigantic wall socket add to the comic and disturbing environment.
Brian K. Scott and Brian K. Jones joined artistic forces and created “Chuck & George” in 1990 at the University of North Texas in Denton. The duo eventually found their way to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas in 1996 where they continue to cohabitate and collaborate. “The Brians” and Chuck & George have been part of the Dallas/Fort Worth arts scene for decades including the 500X, Gray Matters, Mighty Fine Arts, Conduit Gallery, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, RO2 Arts, CentralTrak and the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. They have maintained and operated the Oak Cliff Visual SpeedBump Art Tour since 2000. They also collaborate as Art Services Collective, creating high end custom murals for interior designers and architects. Their small home is their largest running collaboration, described as a “rave for your eyeballs”, and has been included in several organized bus tours and charitable events.
Chuck & George’s work is most often autobiographical. They state: “Our interests are revealed through the exploited humor and beauty of ourselves and loved ones. We shamelessly admit to using this unflattering portraiture as a way to explore our vision of reality, and of course admit to using mockery as a devise. The artistic exploration begins with the identification of a theme and the investigation of it with various forms of media, usually painting, printmaking, sculpture, animation and ‘constructions’. With these tools, we approach our subject as something to be promoted, similar to an advertising campaign, or a public health service. Common threads throughout our career is storytelling, 80’s pop songs, vintage television, kittens, comics, art history, domesticity, childhood, love and violence.”
The artists will be in attendance at the opening reception.