“Mail Order Monsters,” curated by Kathy Grayson. Deitch Projects, New York, NY. Through Sept. 29. Originally installed at Peres Projects, Berlin. See the installation video of the Berlin show. Artists include Fran Spiegel, Dennis Tyfus, Ben Jones, Tomoo Gokita, Eddie Marinez, Wes Lang, Ry Fyan, Taylor Mckimens, Joe Grillo.
In the NY Sun, John Goodrich reports: “The hallmark of this figuration — we’ll call it F.U.F. for short — isn’t subnormal drawing and painting skills, nor decrepit artists’ materials, but a predilection for bizarre, random, and often sadistic imagery, presented with highly competent comicbook élan….Arranged in Deitch’s two rooms without the formality of wall labels, the installation has the impressively high energy and spirits of a hyper-decorated dorm room. It also has a certain claustrophobia of intention; viewed together, the works reinforce the suspicion that sometimes nothing is more conventional than the need to look outlandish.” Read more.