LOCUST PROJECTS is pleased to present Phil Collins and Luis Gispert.
Globetrotting in third class and armed with a political outlook developed as a student in Belfast, Phil Collins is interested in the mundane realities of volatile places like Belgrade, the West Bank, the Basque country, and Baghdad. He pits the sweet little nothings that make up everyday life there against the demonizing narratives the mass media spins. Collins will be showing a mural-size photograph and a series of screen tests of young Iraquis that he produced earlier this year in Baghdad. He will also shoot a video specifically for LOCUST PROJECTS that centers on the Florida elderly who mistakenly voted for Pat Buchanan in the 2000 presidential elections. Increasingly present in museum exhibitions throughout Europe, this will be Phil Collins' first North American one-person show.
In the project room, Luis Gispert will show 'Can it be that it was all so simple then' 2002, in which a towering cheerleader will look down on you and, in the most graphic language, will tell you all the terrible things she wants to do to your body. An angelic menace, she will stir strange things in you. Appropriating from the Wu-Tang's 1995 36 Chambers album, Gispert enlists Hip Hop in a bizarre exploration of desire, artifice, masculinity, and the place where identity and theater meet to break bread. A recent Yale graduate, and a participant in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and recent group shows at Gagosian Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery, Gispert will have his first show in Miami since1998 at LOCUST PROJECTS.
Special support by Lang Baumgarten and Dennis and Debra Scholl Locust projects is supported in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade-County Mayor, The Board of County Commissioners and the DADE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION