May 20, 2017-July 8, 2017
Reception - Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7pm – 10pm
Talk Show immerses us in a world of glitter, harvest gold, shag carpet, and mad talk. Inviting us to explore corporate media bias as well as reconstruct and deconstruct the role of the public intellectual in 21st century U.S. life, politics, art, music, and thought, Talk Show juxtaposes laugh track fueled soundscapes, gluttonous green room indulgence, 1970s faux glamour kitsch decadence, collaborative conversation based performance, and inclusive deep listening. Join us at Olly Olly on May 20, 2017, 7pm-10pm, for a new exhibition featuring work by:
Amy Hughes Braden
Rodrigo Carazas Portal
Discoverable within the warm glow of 1970s tacky talk show fascination is a world both lost and irretrievable: a guest who everybody knows; a host whose wit is keen and whose objectivity remains unquestioned, whose charm and intellect invite the viewer to pull up closer to the screen; and an audience that wants to come together after a long day, close to that comforting hum, that wants to laugh and smile and know the issues of the day, that wants to belong and behave and believe.
From the comfort of our postlapsarian couches, we can see that their innocence was tapering, that their public intellectuals were about to go missing, that their TV dinners were cooling off, that they did not yet know they were on a long dark slide from so many dying dreams, past the Watergate hearings, beyond the Cold War and the abandonment of the Fairness Doctrine, past Clinton’s 1996 Telecommunications Act, and ever so slowly shifting beyond a center that will not hold. Join us to become part of the conversation, the installation, and the performance.
Olly Olly wants to nourish the body and the community as well. We will be collecting healthy non-perishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Britepaths, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are in crisis. We encourage you to bring a healthy non-perishable food item to donate. The Food Bridge Program is most in need of cooking oil, brown rice, dried beans, canned fruit in its own juices, canned tomato products and pasta sauce.
Olly Olly, located at 10417 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Fairfax, VA, is open for special events and by appointment. Talk Show will be on view at Olly Olly from May 20, 2017 through July 8, 2017. Please call 703-789-6144 for more information.