The new group show Post 9-11 at OHWOW's Los Angeles location (the first two are in NYC and Miami) takes on a fractured legacy that is also, in part, its own — taking a look at the artists working in a specific time (the decade after 9-11), place (New York City), and social scene (the nine artists lived inside a web of roommates and romances). Among the names of these New Yorkers most familiar to Angelenos are conceptual provocateur Terence Koh, mixed media photographer Ryan McGinley, and the late lamented painter Dash Snow. What binds these and the rest of the crew together as a group goes beyond generation and relationships to broadly outline a shared aesthetic of ruination and redemption. Not so much about the events of September 11 as about how life in New York, in general, and in art particularly were shaped by its slowly-unfolding aftermath. To be sure, there is darkness and brutality in some of the work, but there is also chaotic optimism, humor, and fantasy — powerful even with its vagaries as a freshly-minted collective history narrated through painting, photography, installation, sculpture, and memory.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 30. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011

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