M+B is pleased to announce Soft Target, a group exhibition organized by Phil Chang and Matthew Porter. The exhibition will be on view from June 26 through August 30, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 26 from 6 to 8 pm. Presentations by Dan Torop, Hannah Whitaker and Owen Kydd, who will introduce a film by Justin Schmitz, will begin promptly at 6:30 pm during the opening reception.
Participating artists include Richard Caldicott, Julie Cockburn, Sara Cwynar, Shannon Ebner, Andrea Galvani, David Goldes, Peter Holzhauer, Whitney Hubbs, Tim Hyde, Ron Jude, Soo Kim, Anna Kleberg, Barney Kulok, Justine Kurland, Luisa Lambri, Miranda Lichtenstein, Matt Lipps, Sharon Lockhart, Jason Losh, Marlo Pascual, A. Pilgrim Peterman, Adam Putnam, Michael Queenland, Amanda Ross-Ho, Asha Schechter, Collier Schorr, Dan Torop, Michael Vahrenwald, Sara VanDerBeek and Hannah Whitaker.
Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, Five Years
A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheel of a Cadillac A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest and a queer threw up at the sight of that I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour drinking milk shakes cold and long Smiling and waving and looking so fine don’t think you knew you were in this song
Later, I thought, what does that mean? What does a favourite war movie satisfy? What makes it so desirable? All narrative cinema pivots on the transformation of a protagonist and so most war movies satisfy this requirement in spades. From An Officer and a Gentleman to Platoon, the young soldier is transformed into a man, either ruined by brutality or recused by structure, there is a simple pleasure in watching someone (other than oneself) abused into a potential killing machine.