“Disorderly Orderly” Exhibition


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The title for this exhibition at Calico is derived from The Disorderly Orderly, a 1964 American comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Jerry Lewis. As an orderly at the Whitestone Sanatorium, Jerome Littlefield is afflicted by a psychosomatic condition in which he assumes the emotional symptoms of his charges. The film’s director, Frank Tashlin, is noted for his use of the “diegetic rupture” - a theatrical device in which actors break the expected interior narrative, look into the camera and directly address the audience, dislocating the viewers temporal order. These two artifices that are central to the film; diegetic rupture and the processing of disorder, could well be taken as the creative directives of many artists. In the most general terms, artists are the canaries in the mines; the filtering vessels whose sorting, organizing, tasting, breathing, and digesting reflect the unformed and unsaid made visible. They face their audience directly, imposing their critical view, while articulating and expunging barriers.

Debra Hampton, Janice Caswell and Nancy Baker are three artists whose practice methods are informed by creating a greater whole than the sum of its humbled and disordered parts. They cut, paste, enumerate, and file; and from these disparate and solitary objects, assemble a cohesive narrative that attempts to satisfy and solidify a disordered beginning. Passion, obsession and minutiae are the slightly offbeat driving forces that characterize their work methodology, especially in these times of the re-entrenchment of the minimal and the deadpan.



from May 10, 2013 to May 31, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-05-10 from 18:00 to 21:00

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