Year 3, Exhibition 4
ANTHONY VITI, SPANK BANK 2018

Exhibition Dates: February 02nd – 28th, 2018 
Opening Reception: Friday, February 02nd, 7:00-9:30pm

Art During the Occupation Gallery is PROUD to welcome you to artist Anthony Viti's solo exhibition, "SPANK BANK 2018," a continuation and re-exploration of his wildly evocative series of paintings made from moving blankets. Earlier work from this series was first shown in 2015 at Leslie Lohman Project Space.

Artist Statement: In addition to the shift of prevention strategies, there is the growing movement to criminalize non-disclosure of HIV status, creating more stigma and more hurdles to talk about HIV. Within the narrowing social space for all to take responsibility for risk, I’ve chosen to give full disclosure in my work, where I explore the erotic identity of HIV positive sero-status as an act of defiance and pride. In my current work Spank Bank, I want to spur thought about sex, HIV, and its place in our lives. In this series, I work with packing blankets, whose original purpose is protective. They are soft and pliable. I would often use them in sex play. They cushioned hard surfaces and absorb fluids you might encounter during sex. These images are culled from cruising sites, manipulated in Photoshop, projected on to the blanket, then rendered by cutting the outer surface exposing the inner stuffing. Surface and interior, legibility and illegibility, objectification and cooperation that circles around notions of of vulnerability, risk, desire and a future.

Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick


(formerly Christopher Stout Gallery, New York)

119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday Noon-6:00pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.


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Artist Bio, Anthony Viti

Anthony Viti lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His experience as an activist informs his work as an artist and as an educator. Viti currently teaches art history at the School of Visual Arts to international students and in the first year program at Parsons New School for Design. He also facilitated a monthly visual thinking group developed for a mental health program that serves lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender people.

Anthony's art practice has focused on narratives of body and HIV and resulting sexual subcultures. He uses a variety of media -- painting, sculpture, video, and installation that is both confrontational and high-spirited. Viti has received grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Art Matters, and twice have been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He had solo exhibitions at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Deven Golden Fine Art, and four paintings are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Viti holds an MFA from Rutgers University.


 


Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work. We delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual.

Our gallery was launched in 2015 by Christopher Stout who serves as gallery founder and director.

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Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick

(formerly Christopher Stout Gallery, New York)

119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday Noon-6:00pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.

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