One Inch Punch, 5009 York Ave. Saturday, March 10. Competing desires!! Can I make it to all?? Eek.
By Iris Yirei HuLOS ANGELES (March 10, 2012)—“One Inch Punch” is a one-night-only group exhibition organized by and showcasing the works of Los Angeles based artists David Bell, Phil Davis, EJ Hill, William Kaminski, Maxwell Schwa…rtz, and Noah Spindler. The opening will be held at a storefront venue in Highland Park on the evening of March 10, 2012 from 7pm to 10pm.
Popularized by Bruce Lee, the one inch punch is a Chinese martial arts punching technique performed at very close proximity to the target and designed to generate incredible force at extremely close distances. The successful punch is a result of intense practice and technique, and has become a cultural signifier for physical strength, power and aggressive masculine pride. It embodies certain familiar tropes of masculinity: domination, violence, and toughness.
Each of the six artists employs personal experience, mockery, and spectatorship to demonstrate stereotypical rehearsals of masculine identities. Among the works included are a sculptural installation of a childhood clubhouse that recalls a young boy’s innocent sexual experimentation with another, and its culmination in a traumatic act of parental punishment. The installation is accompanied by a performance, in which the artist “punishes” himself through time-outs by wearing a dunce’s cap. A sports bar accompanied by a four-channel video installation simulates ways people view art by mimicking the ways in which sports fans watch sports. Machismo, rage, and violence ultimately dominate the viewing experience. Through the repeated performance of the one inch punch, a third artist scrutinizes a sensationalized one-man showmanship that becomes both anticlimactic and comical, simultaneously blurring the boundaries between faked and actual violence.
Exploring and challenging stereotypes of “manhood,” the exhibition highlights the illusory norms of a singular masculine identity. While the spectacle may perpetuate these tropes, the performance of these ideals in everyday action is even more telling. “One Inch Punch” draws on the politics of stereotypes by illuminating the space between accepted male identities and emasculated ones.
(Images are the first image of each artist I grabbed from Facebook. I swear the choice was totally random. Doesn’t random mean having integrity? hahaha haphazard integrity, how fun! Stop it Geoff, you’re confusing people.)
A few quotes from fb:
“Is my jawline strong enough to attend?” (If you have to ask…)
“Have fun and I hope this is very successful!”
“This sounds awesome”
“Be there or be less of a man.”
“Attention all you xxx fans: we are in need of a keyboard. So anyone willing to buy or give us one let us know. Free prize.”
“One Inch P****”
“See you there!”
“Do it for all the small men.”