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Riddle of the Sphinx
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June 25, 2004 — August 07, 2004
18 Wooster Street, New York

Filling the gallery with sculpture, video projections, paintings and drawings, Dearraindrop are prophets of the sinister swirl of media imagery that irrationally commingle and mutate in our netherconsciousness. Collaborating with the late George Harrison and the future Kenny Scharf, the group consists of Joe Grillo, Laura and Billy Grant, and Alika. Their project, Riddle of the Sphinx filled the gallery space with strange sculptures and twisted Americana: A Tower of Babble, a hyperreal three-D op-art labyrinth, paintings on the mezzanine by Robert Kitchen of the artists and their circle, an undead tee-pee village (housing videos and dioramas and still-smaller tee-pees), and a giant crystallized rock face of the Mad Mountain King. Myths, symbols and cartoons took on a life of their own, with the horror of basic concepts in meltdown. Winking, jabbering, and hieroglyphic, this hall of horror vaccui was an uneasy dream squeezed full of monsters and American archetypes: a fucked-up summer wonderland.

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