“The beach the pier the club the mall,” a recent exhibition at Soloway curated by Rivers Plasketes

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A few weeks ago, Soloway art space in Brooklyn hosted “The beach the pier the club the mall,” an exhibition curated by VCS senior Rivers Plasketes. The show was an offshoot of Independent Art Spaces, a VCS elective taught by Annette Wehrhahn and Emily Weiner, who also run Soloway with Tomer Aluf and Derek Franklin. “The beach the pier the club the mall” presented recent works by several artists, including VCS students Harris Bauer, Lily Lewis, Chris Miller, and Rachel Zaretsky.

In installation view of "The beach the pier the club the mall" at Soloway.

An installation view of “The beach the pier the club the mall” at Soloway.

Here’s a description of the show from its press release, along with images of some of the works that were on display.

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Taken from “Kreayshawn: The Video Game,” the beach, the pier, the mall and the club references the online “worlds” through which the player can journey. The group show, opening at Soloway on January 4th, responds to these public spaces as representations of indulgent fantasies and virtual tourism. Investigating personal and culturally constructed memories of unattainable realities, the show attempts to offer an escape to what Beach Boy Brian Wilson calls the “nearest faraway place.”

11 Can You Love A Song You've Never Heard? Unrequited Love and the Language of Ineffability, 2014Rivers Plasketes
Can You Love A Song You’ve Never Heard? Real Love (Stranded): Unrequited Love and the Language of Ineffability (Annotated Dream Boat), 2014

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Chris Miller
Wrechenstein und Cathectenstein, 2013

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Lily Lewis and Sben Korshe
Head to Heart, 2013

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Marisa and Frank, 2013

Picture 1Rachel Zaretsky
Back in August, 2013 (video still)

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Chris Miller
Tuscan Leather: Smellin’ Like a Brick, 2013

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Tuscan Leather: Smellin’ Like a Brick (detail), 2013

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Mikhail Yusufov
Untitled, 2014

Visual & Critical Studies