My Brain is Melting: Gathering of the Tribes’ Brain Melt

Posted on: July 16th, 2012 at 11:22 am by

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Penises seem to be penetrating New York City’s art scene. Seriously. The Brooklyn Museum had a pretty serious display of penises incorporated into the Keith Haring retrospective. Our City Dreams (an extremely interesting documentary that I absolutely recommend to all fellow art nerds) definitely had more than one penis make an appearance. And finally, A Gathering of the Tribes’ newest show, “Brain Melt,” also features that phallic appendage.

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When doing research for this article I Googled the show’s title “Brain Melt,” and then proceeded to spend 30 minutes reading some middle-aged woman’s rant about how men experience “Brain Melt” after they’ve been married too long, becoming stupider than they were initially (I’m sure this woman hasn’t seen one of the aforementioned body parts in quite a while).

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The next article I found was equally intriguing: an article published in 2009 in the Daily Mail about a baby with an extremely rare brain-melting disease. She had too much toxic sulfate in her system, and so “Baby Z” was going to die, but the magical world of medicine seems to have prolonged this from happening.

I’m completely rambling.

This is sort of an accurate representation of the “Brain Melt” exhibit, on extended display at Tribes until July 25. It is completely sporadic and over-stimulating. Take all the doodles that your extremely artistic friends did during political science class in high school after they had snuck to their car to get stoned. Hang them next to some of the art they had made during their MFA program at CCA in San Francisco (where their daily activities may not have differed much from their activities in high school), and you’d have a show pretty similar to Brain Melt.

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When I emailed the curator, Hannah Deutsch, an Oakland resident (whose email may or may not contain the phrase “sweet leaf”), she explained that her inspiration was the amount of unbridled creativity that flourishes in New York.

“In a week’s time I managed to rally a crew of 20+ people to perform poetry, comedy and music and contribute art to this show,” she explained.

Her PR skills seem to be pretty far reaching as well. Steve Cannon, the Gathering of the Tribes owner/resident, said he isn’t sure he can handle a closing party, considering about 250 showed up to the event’s opening.

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It is fun, a little jumbled, and young (none of the artists are over 30). And although I’m not able to discern a specific meaning from it, it is, as all Tribes happenings seem to be, good art and good vibes.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Professor, I think I forgot something in my car.

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