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'Everything Bad is Good for You'
Chris Bors, Sandi Petrie, David Poolman and Jennifer Reeder
November 7-29, 2014
Opening Reception: First Friday, November 7th, 6-10PM
     
   

This November, Grizzly Grizzly invites you to examine guilty pleasures in ‘Everything Bad is Good for You’, a dynamic group exhibition featuring Chris Bors, Sandi Petrie, David Poolman and a new film by Jennifer Reeder.   Beautifully rendered Doritos, a knitted tableau of domestic indifference, paint-by-number punk rock paintings, and a coming of age film set the score of 80s heavy metal anthems: the work in ‘Everything Bad is Good for You’ repurposes consumable culture, building a space for uncomfortable nostalgia and social rebellion.
 
The meticulous paintings of New York-based artist Chris Bors are complex mash-ups of punk band logos, children’s activity books, website graphics and vintage magazines.  Sparsely composed, the graphic paintings play “on the confrontation of violence and solidarity as expressed in a music genre that has roots based on a struggle for social justice.” 

Philadelphia artist, Sandi Petrie’s soft sculpture installation, ‘Mom’s Too Busy’, is colorful and playful but also flaccid and melancholy. Her knitted work recreates quotidian artifacts– beer cans, an ashtray, a TV – to examine shared constructs of normalcy and success.  According to the artist, these uneasy works are still infused with hope in a reality in which growing up is not synonymous with surrender.” 

David Poolman, a Toronto-based artist, presents a series of small drawings from his book 36 Doritos.  The lovingly observed graphite-on-paper drawings undermine our quick consumption, finding beauty in the strange topography of this familiar snack.

Continuously screening during the exhibition is Indiana-based Jennifer Reeder’s powerful new short film A MILLION MILES AWAY “a super-natural coming of age film… that unravels patiently to the infectious beat of 80s era anthem…rearranged as lamentation.”

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Sandi Petrie, Oh, I Buried You Today, 2013, Silkscreen, embroidery, crochet

     
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David Poolman, DETAIL from: 36 Doritos (excerpts). 2014, nine 8x10 inches graphite on paper drawings

     
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Sandi Petrie, Mom's Too Busy..., 2013, soft sculpture, embroidery, crochet, found object, and spray paint

     
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Chris Bors, No Redeeming Social Value and Cro-Mags, 2013, acrylic on canvas, each 43 1/2 x 34 inches

     
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Jennifer Reeder, A Million Miles Away. 2014, 27:50 HD

    Click here to watch a trailer of the film.
     
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