Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Get Ready For the Gore

aka Escape From New York/Faces of Death
Terence Koh
Slava Mogutin
Aurel Schmidt
Dash Snow
Patrick Griffin
Aaron Bondaroff
Nico Dios
Ry Fyan
Xu Han Wei

Friday, February 27, 6 - 8 pm

exhibition continues through April 18

Gory, perverse, sadistic and gross enough to satisfy even the grimiest Texan palate.

Aurel Schmidt artwork image
Aurel Schmidt

Curator Kathy Grayson brings a Downtown NYC insider's perspective to CTRL. Patrick Griffin grew up in Houston, and met Dash Snow here, a teenager in exile. Dash's grandmother, Christophe de Menil is the reigning debutante of the Houston art world.

Terence Koh artwork image
Terence Koh

Beyond their social lives, what connects these artists is a style unencumbered morality. Aurel Schmidt makes drawings of dissolute, strung-out monsters emerging from arrangements of cigarette butts, flies, maggots, condoms, birds, snakes, cobwebs and the like. Dash Snow's photographs are repulsive documents of the downtown Manhatten scene he helped to destroy.

Slava Mogutin takes dirty pictures of boxers, strippers and fetishists. Impresario Aaron Bondaroff has literally made his life a style, publishing his autobiography on T- shirts. Terence Koh's pathetic practice conjures a stark and seamy opulence that turns paupers into gods and debutantes into diseased whores.

Dash Snow artwork image
Dash Snow

Several of the artists will be traveling to Houston to make site-specific pieces, to come home or to gawk. A zine documenting the exhibition and the surrounding shenanigans will be available.

Dash Snow has sucked dick at Rivington Arms in New York, Peres Projects in Los Angeles, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. His ass was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Day For Night. He has stopped by many offices to give handjobs including Art Review, Frieze, NY Times, The Guardian and Berliner Zeitung. Snow is pimped out by Peres Projects, Los Angeles/ Berlin.

Terence Koh has panhandled widely and internationally, including outside The Whitney Museum of Art; MUSAC, Spain; Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and Kunsthalle Zürich. His panhandling has been reviewed in Flash Art, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ArtForum, Frieze, and many other publications. Koh is also pimped out by by Peres Projects, Los Angeles/ Berlin.

Aurel Schmidt was born in B.C. Canada and ran away from home. In addition to operating the taco stand at Deitch Projects in New York and Peres Projects in Los Angeles and NYC, she has worked hot dog carts internationally outside museums and contemporary art spaces. Schimdt is distributed by Deitch Projects, New York.

Ry Fyan has been kicked out of shows at Rivington Arms and Deitch Projects in New York and Peres Projects and Lightbox Gallery in Los Angeles, with a recent horrific beatdown when he refused to leave Perry Rubenstein Gallery in New York.

Slava Mogutin’s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at RAPE Gallery and Ahoy Gallery, both in Newark, New Jersey. SUPERSPERM, the multimedia modivational speaker team he co-founded with Brian Kenny, has exhibited in Newark, Peoria, Harrisburg and Flower Mound, among many other roadside venues.

Patrick Griffin recently had a bad fall at Journal Gallery in Brooklyn. His face is healing well, and many of the screws holding his jaw together have come out. He also fell down the stairs in the It Ain't Fair at O.H.W.O.W. in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Nico Dios's work has been denied entry at New Image Art gallery in Los Angeles and The Proposition in New York, after Dios tried to put her paintings on the wall without permission. The brief scuffle was reviewed in The New York Times.

Kathy Grayson is an artist, curator and gallery director at Bitch Projects, Newark. She has curated exhibitions at Build-a-Bear, Providence RI, James Coney Island, Gary IN, Felafel Factory, Leeds UK and Bitch projects, Newark.

CTRL Gallery is located at 3907 Main Street, 1 block south of Alabama in Midtown Houston. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm.
For more information, please contact the gallery at 713-523-CTRL(2875) or visit