with an essay by Grace Hadland
and introduction by Mathew Timmons
Cover design Dameon Waggoner
Photographic Documentation David Weldzius
Paperback, Full Color, 102 Pages
ISBN : 978-1-947322-07-3
Cover Price : $39.00
Insert Blanc Press is pleased to announce the publication of Hyper Effigy by Brian Getnick with an essay by Grace Hadland and introduction by Mathew Timmons. The full color exhibition catalog accompanies the exhibition Hyper Effigy at General Projects and Outside Gallery from April 3 to May 30, 2021 and launches on Sunday May 30, 2021.
In Brian Getnick’s new body of work, he offers two sculptural investigations of icons associated with fascism, terrorism, and the pre-modern past. “Ersatz Fighting Unit” draws inspiration from the 20th century interwar period and features a blue officer (sprouting donkey ears) facing off against a red balaclava wearing revolutionary. In “Abyss Standard” ancestral faces and dream entities merge in statuettes radially arranged to mark a weekly cycle of Trumpian era crisis. In Hyper Effigy, Getnick forwards caricature as a magical language; a grammar of soldiers, trolls, terrorists and skeletons, equipped to dislodge propagandistic representations of the other from their historical ideological functions.
On display in Outside Gallery are a monumental soldier’s head, a cudgel and a red medusa; sculptural props from “Secret Joy”, a performance Getnick directed in 2019 after a journey to Eastern Europe*.
Stills from the performance of Secret Joy at Human Resources Los Angeles 2019 Julie Weitz and Ian Byers Gamber
*travel and research in Eastern Europe for “Secret Joy” and “Ersatz Fighting Unit” was facilitated by the Yiddishkayt Helix Fellowship.