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The Man Show

David Konigsberg, Mark Beard, Allan Skriloff, Darshan Russell, Joseph Heidecker, David Austin, Robert Flynt, David Paulson and Jacob Fossum

August 15, 2013 through September 15, 2013

 The Man Show at Carrie Haddad Gallery


Carrie Haddad Gallery is pleased to present “The Man Show”, a group exhibit exploring aspects of masculinity through the work of David Konigsberg, Allan Skriloff, Joseph Heidecker, Mark Beard, David Austin, Robert Flynt, Jacob Fossum, David Paulson and Darshan Russell.  The work will be on view from August 15th through September 15th with an artist’s reception on Saturday August 17th from 6-8pm.  Please come a bit earlier to attend an artist talk by several of the artists in the exhibit -- from 5-6pm.


Allan Skriloff, David Austin and Darshan Russell bring us scenes from fantasized realities-unique windows through which they objectify their subjects.  Skriloff’s paintings present men at work on an oil rig, exposing the sensuality found within the dirt, grime and sweat his manly men exude.  Large biceps are perceived as trophies and varying angles further empower his men as masters of their universe.  In his last show at the gallery, David Austin presented a super virile, “Daniel Craig-esque” type of man.  In this exhibit, however, he presents men as more vulnerable and far less sure of themselves-evoking our sympathy and understanding far more than our admiration and awe.  Darshan Russell, the sole woman in the show, profiles men in much of her figurative work.  Painting from photographs she has taken or found in the Poughkeepsie Journal, the men are depicted in her seemingly naïve style.


David Paulson and David Konigsberg approach the subject from two very different directions, yet both lend a highly nuanced and sensitive expression to their male characters.  Paulson, a self-described formalist, takes a more abstract, cubist approach, following in the path of painters like De Kooning.  He does not know in advance whether his subjects will turn out to be male or female--that is determined through the process.  Facial and other attributes remain fluid and undefined; the eyes, however, become a focal point, defining character, purpose, and powerful emotion.  David Konigsberg, by contrast, relies on narrative in a series of paintings that are suggestive, more than anything, of a collection of short stories.  While this painter’s work often leans toward the fantastical, whether in choreographed characters flowing across the landscape or sailing above the earth in flying machines, this current series offers a return to recognizable aspects of life—men captured in quiet, personal moments and more domestic pursuits.   


Mark Beard is a pop culture artist who explores sexuality and studies the male physique under the pretense of a different time and era.  Beard has invented six different personas through which to express the many facets of his talent.  The most prominent, Bruce Sergeant, is inspired by George Bellows and John Singer Sergeant.  He produces one beautiful man after the next in a star stunning light.  Often times, the characters end up in compromising athletic positions while wrestling or boxing; this stirs an excitement while the uniformity of their rippling abdominal muscles and perfectly toned quadriceps would be the fantasy of any man or woman lucky to be allowed access.  The implied youth of the boys in these portraits make it even too beautiful to be true.  His collective work that is now plastered on a large scale in Abercrombie & Fitch flagship stores around the world bring the meaning of “eye candy” to a whole new level.


Jacob Fossum’s realism blatantly places the viewer in the 21st century while illuminating a similar subject.  This artist finds no need to hide behind the era of another time in order to express his interest in homoerotic social media coupled with serious disdain for organized religion.  Raised in the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Fossum’s portraits are of homosexual men who are taking photographs of themselves for a gay hook up website.  Ironically, Fossum has his subjects posing in the Holy of Holies, which is the Mormon's sacred room in the Salt Lake Temple.  Digital pixilations are etched into the portraits along with the presence of cell phones, reminding us that this continues to be considered a social faux-pas in modern day society.


Robert Flynt and Joseph Heidecker are two artists who use found photographs to make social commentary about male identities, both physically and emotionally.  Flynt’s unique photographs place the body in a variety of found contextual material:  medical, art historical, musical.  The intention is that these sources--and their associations of heroic ideals, sentimentality, gender presumptions--in conjunction with the photographed figures, will subvert conventional notions of masculinity.  Both the original and found images hone a dissonance of what is perceived and interpreted as truth.  Joseph Heidecker takes a similar approach using found images to debunk history’s image of what is considered masculine.  Portraits of men in corporate roles and as sports icons are embellished with needlework alterations of embroidery and beadwork.  Heidecker begs to ask the question “which is the real mask – the purple beads covering his glasses or the three piece business suit?” 



Artists in this show

Allan Skriloff

The Man Show 2

Men at Word #23, ca., 1970'S

Men At Work #9

Men at Work #8, ca. 1980's

Men at Work II, ca. 1980's

Darshan Russell

Untitled (Green), 1987


The River Spree in Berlin, 2012


The Man Show 1, 2013

Sidewalk, 2001


Sidonie, 2013

David Austin

Getaway, 2006


Birthday, 2007


Before Returning to Work, 2011


Equal Time, 2007

Leftovers, 2010

Shadow Play, 2012


Black and White and Red All Over, 2012


Resume Bloc, 2012


Watch, 2011


When Too Early is Too Late, 2011


David Konigsberg

The Man Show 4, 2013

Across the Grainfield, 2013


The Man Show 3

Swimmers, 2013


Pool, 2013

Swimmer, 2013


Smoke, 2013

Breakfast, 2013


Thunder and Amusement, 2013

Drive No. 5, 2013


Tending, 2013


David Paulson

Figure Walking through Fire (Stolen 7-2014)

Dutch Boy, 2004

Actaeon, 2012

The Man Show, 2013

Jacob Fossum

The Man Show 3, 2013

Sealing Room, 2012

Tellestial Room, 2012

Joseph Heidecker

The Man Show 3, 2013

Man Show 2, 2013

Man Show 1, 2013

Thrown From Hand Grip, 2010

Silver and Gold Posing, 2011

Business with Black Beads & String, 2010

Businessman with Black String, 2010

Purple Knots, 2013

Cabinet Card, , 2009

Business Man, 2010

Man with Hidden Eyes, 2010

Counter for Hold from Behind no. 2, 2011

Mark Beard

The Man Show, 2013

The Man Show 2, 2013

Two Boxers, unknown


Head of a Man, unknown

Red Jacket, unknown


Five Gymnasts, unknown


Le Martyr de Saint Sebastien, date unknown

Mathew and Gabriel, unknown

Black Socks, unknown


Two Princeton Gymnasts, unknown


Capt. John Barnes Readying for Water Polo, date unknown

Mountain Hiking, unknown

Robert Flynt

untitled (FG; call john), 2012

untitled (RG; awake!), 2013

untitled (GN; ivy league), 2008

The Man Show 1, 2013

Untitled (CL; last man) , 2009

untitled (BG; longman), 2011

untitled (BK; 4 sisters), 2002

untitled (TB; checkertop brn), 2003

untitled (M2M; Y head), 2002

untitled (PH; winter coat), 1999

Untitled (AA: intro man), 2000

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