Riley Hanboy & James Gregory AtkinsonRawr implies I love you in dinosaur

August 15, 2019–September 22, 2019Reception: Thursday August 15, 6–9pm

organized by Daisy Sanchez


James Gregory Atkinkid, Hypersensitive (Blowing points out of proportion) III, 2018, Archival pigment print on dibond. 65 x 43 inches.

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James Gregory Atkinboy, Hypersensitive (Blowing things out of proportion) III, 2018. Archival pigment print on dibond, 65 x 43 inches.

James Gregory Atkinboy, Hypersensitive (Blowing things out of proportion) II, 2017. Archival pigment print on dibond, 65 x 43 inches.


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Rawr means I love you in dinosaurinitiates a dialogue in between two bodies of recent job-related via which Philadelphia-based painter Riley Hanchild and also Frankfurt-based multidisciplinary artist James Gregory Atkinkid make use of digital photography as a way to investigate the relationships between the gendered dress expectations and also emotional vulnerability in miscellaneous subcultures.

Hanson’s portraits of emo and scene teens paint a tender tribute to the seditious youths that pioneered transgressive self definition through a merging of virtual and actual identification, and embraced gender expectation defying settings of dress and also adopt of emotional vulnercapability. Hanson’s portraits of scene and also emo teenagers are rendered from discovered images culled from a variety of online sources. Painted in swift strokes, the quality of Hanson’s execution recalls the crude pixelation of beforehand digital phone and webcamera photography—profile pics reflecting off fresh snake bites, moody mirror selfies in tight fitting tees, and also tagged shots of friends in hefty eyeliner and helmets of dyed hair—online relics of this community. These snapshots aren’t intfinished to resurrect individual likenesses however quite construct characters that embody and enliven their cumulative memory.

The emo subculture that emerged in the beginning of the new millennium initially sprung from a genre of alternate rock defined by dark, emotional lyricism. Members of this milieu of disenfranchised youth existed both on and also offline in the disparate landscapes of ethernet worlds and real civilization terrain. Alienated from their normie peers and also the boundaries of mainstream society, they were relegated to the fringes of beforehand social media platcreates Friendster, MyGap, and later on Tumblr; they congregated in the mall Hot Topics whose signature camp aesthetic, component sinister, part whimsy, pertained to specify their defiant style in which differences in sex presentations were slight or not existent.

Atkinson’s large range digital photographs,Hypersensitive (Blowing things out of proportion) IIandIII, capture moments of emotional and identification performance through very closely cropped shots of crying eyes wearing costume contact lenses. Atkinson’s photographs nod to the relationship in between the photographic lens and also the ocular lens, both transmitters of visual information and mechanisms for developing imeras, which often serve as the basis of identity development. Bulbous tears well up the inner eyelids and also lashes of the ‘hypersensitive’ glazed over eyes sporting lenses published via a pink heart motif and also babsence and also white zebra print. As their titles imply, the scale of these inflated imeras showing intimate moments of vulnercapacity alludes to an overblvery own, emotional response possibly emboldened by the masking impact of the costume lenses. Conjure up associations via The lenses obscure the iris and conceal the wearer’s identification, which is additionally abstracted by the cshed crop, allowing them to take on a constructed identity of their picking.

Costume contact lenses have actually been donned by countercultural symbol Marilyn Manboy or more freshly, sported by models on the Balenciaga FW19 runway. Manson’s provocative persona is born out of sex fluidity and also the Balenciaga brand also is in part characterized by their similar resistance to gendered expectations, having defied industry requirements by incorporated their men’s and also women’s runmethods right into a single unisex presentation backdropped by the techno club music.

Rawr implies I love you in dinosaur, frequently abbreviated as Rawr XD, may be check out as an infantilistic statement indicating regressed maturity can alternatively be taken as a signal of social development. The cutesy linguistic maneuver of this memetic ‘baby talk’ phrase resonated with many type of across the huge digital plains as a way of expressing affection without having to explicitly state emotions or be straight vulnerable. The virtual ubiquity of this early on memetic ‘baby talk’ phrase, gone into into the spright here of mainstream society as a well-known t-shirt slogan. Thanks, in part, to the emos and the ravers that were, by self meaning, scene and also club “kids”. On the cultural vanguard both on and also off line, their agony or ecstasy was contingent on the music at the core of their subcultures in which costume is social currency and also rejections of cursory sex performance paved the way for their radical embrace of vulnercapability.

Riley Hanson(b.1995, Akron, Ohio) lives and works in Philadelphia. Hanson earned a BFA from Michigan University. Hanson’s current exhibitions incorporate Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Duck. Tom Cruise. No Place Gallery, Columbus OH, Bunk Notes group show, curated by Oliusing Williams, Pilot Projects, Philadelphia, and also When You Care Too Much Your Guts Slips Out, Gallery Bypass, Detroit, MI.

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James Gregory Atkinson (b. in Bad Nauheim, Germany) currently stays and also works in between Seattle and also Frankfurt. Atkinchild earned a level in Photography and Deauthorize from Lette-Verein, Berlin, has stupassed away at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York and holds a Meisterschüler from Städelschule, Frankfurt. Recent exhibitions encompass “SHOW ME YOUR SHELVES!” conceived by C& at the Detroit Public Library and also Re: Re: Black Macho. Unleash The Queen, PCOMPUTER Philipp Pflug Conmomentary. Frankfurt, Germany.

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