July 11 - August 1, 2009

July 11 - August 1, 2009

AmericanaFeaturing the work of American artists, this group exhibition at The Front responds to a wide range of issues concerning the influences of the United States of America.   Typically referring to cultural artifacts or the westward expansion of the pioneers, Americana seeks to extend the horizon of American popular culture through an exploration of side-show and backwoods phenomena, altered landscapes, and the arcane celebration.   New Orleans is of particular interest in lieu of these objectives as the Crescent City, both historically and currently, has been an incubator for a diverse population that challenges much of the racial, economic, and religious status quo.  

Featuring works by:

Matt Barton
Brad Benischek
Doug Dertinger
Corey Drieth
Colin Frazer
Nicole Jean Hill
Cristin Millett
Lydia Moyer
Greg Murr
Arthur Brett Reif
Mark Bradley-Shoup

Claire Rau, Curator




Corey Drieth, Big Fat; spandex; 2009.


Greg Murr, Relics; watercolor, graphite on paper; 11 x 18 inches; 2008.


Mark Bradley-Shoup, Canyon Redrock Dumpster in Oatlands Subtle Taupe, La Fonda Sagebrush Dumpster in Hartford Pine, oil on paper; 2008.
Brad Benischek, American Meat Chores II; acrylic on canvas; 2009.
Arthur Brett Reif, The Willies; flocked mixed media; dimensions vary; 2008.


Arthur Brett Reif, Mass Creep ; flocked mixed media; dimensions vary; 2008.


Brad Benischek, American Meat Chores II; acrylic on canvas; 2009.
Arthur Brett Reif, Mass Creep ; flocked mixed media; dimensions vary; 2008.



Mark Bradley-Shoup, Portable Toilet in La Fonda Jalepeno , oil on paper; 2008.
Doug Dertinger, The Purgatories; archival print; 2008.


Colin Frazer, Untitled; nylon, glue, wood; 2009.
Cristin Millett, Obstetrical Phantom: Suffragist; Florida voting booth, human pelvis, anatomical models, electronic counters, aluminum, cotton; 12x4x4'; 2004.


Nicole Jean Hill, Makeshift Range, Fernbridge, CA, 2009; archival Pigment Print; 13 x 18.5 inches.


Matt Barton, Untitled; mixed media; 2009.


Lydia Moyer, Reverse Cimarron; multi-channel video; 2009.