July 19 through August 9, 2002.
Anthony Bonoli creates virtual worlds, spacious and hauntingly familiar. Using a draftsman's drawing style, he situates naked humanlike figures within architectural spaces, as if they were actors in a play or inhabitants of a zoo. These figures are oblivious to the fact that they are being observed and confined within a barren landscape. Bonoli reveals to us that we as onlookers are quite possibly players on a larger stage.
Rob Clarke has been described as the "love child" of Tom of Finland and Walt Disney. His drawings parody male imagery taken from fetish, mainstream gay, and popular cultures. Included in Frolic is a series of digital prints loosely based on a scene from the classic animated film Pinocchio, in which Pinocchio and other truant boys are punished for smoking and playing pool by being turned into donkeys. Clarke has exhibited extensively in the United States and Canada and has published his work in porn mags such as Honcho.
Native Londoner David L. Forbes, who has traveled and exhibited internationally, is currently based in San Francisco. A prolific painter, Forbes covers every inch of the canvas with minute detail and obsessive passion, inviting the viewer to navigate through a unique spectacle. A range of icons from social to religious consistently appears throughout his most recent body of work, adding even more layers of meaning to imagery that in itself evokes a visual pleasure bordering on hallucination.
David Hunter's work ranges from installation to assemblage to mail art. In his piece Narcissus, a collage under a scratched mirror surface, he explores the definitions of identity, beauty, and mortality. In another work, Home Alone, which incorporates photographs, McDonald's Happy Meal Furbys, and a cardboard fireplace, he addresses addiction and loneliness; these issues, in addition to being considered taboo, also examine the alienation endemic to modern society. Through these works Hunter creates spaces that allow the viewer to question rules and stigmas of identity.