Boomshakalaka!! Some next shit by Chris Charuk and John O'Regan
Tuesday, February 5, 20080 Comments
The Zavitz gallery was decked out in a sparse, half-finished fashion. One corner of the room featured a sound system. Speakers inside of lamp shades sat on top of wooden stems that were anchored in a pile of skids - all reminiscent of basketball nets. The soundtrack, played through a Sony Sports walkman, featured The Smiths, Run DMC, and the Teeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Motion Picture Soundtrack. This mingled with the beats of NBA Jam, coming from a Super Nintendo flanked by a home-made couch and chair.
"Is that fiberglass insulation?" I asked John. "I had that stuff in my basement."
"It is," he responded, "but don't worry - it's all sealed."
On the far wall, a photo of Michael Jordan, painted using Gatorade fruit punch, was taped to a tall board of weathered fake wood panelling.
Chris and John, who went to highschool together in Oshawa, have been been friends for a while. Although they didn't grow up together, Chris asserted that the show was aiming for the elements, the markers that connected their early 90s childhoods. The show represented "a cultural resonance that was spread uniformly over Southern Ontario," said Chris. "We were going for that sense of suburban sameness."
It was important for Chris and John to utilize the space in a way that wasn't pretentious. "It's a big room," said John, "it's better at least to have a good party."
The show, which Chris and John called the cumulative coming together of the materials ad methods of their art practices, is one of a few scheduled for this semester at the Zavitz Gallery.
Check out the upcoming show schedule here.