postictal paradise
solo show, 321 Gallery, Brooklyn

NOVEMBER 19, 26
DECEMBER 10, 17, 2016
APPROX. 1.5 HOURS

321 Gallery is pleased to present four evening showings of Postictal Paradise, a performance by David Kirshoff revolving around his recently completed video trilogy All Shook Up.

As four nights of dinner theater, the exhibition is a multi-screen, multi-sensory mash: a cinematic experience, a swirling vaudeville swamp.

When the mind is serene, like an ancient and placid pond, the splash of a frog entering the water can reveal the way of the universe. Jarring reverberations induce renegotiation and deeper understanding. Three characters form a confederacy of dunces to usher the viewer on a journey through such disruption. One is an amphibious man. He’s a slippery gentle hop—an all-knowing dependable friend, a dancer type. There’s also a phony—a man who’s something of a has-been wannabe, a sloppy rocker, a relic, a greasy jukebox trickster tune just before last call. Stained belly, stray hairs. The third costar is grampa, the bedridden wisp of a downtown heartbreak. A wallowing story, a whip-cracking smell of the old days, inviting you to come along.

Featuring:
David Bernstein
Sudeep Chary
Patrick Mohundro
Tin Nguyen
Andrea Potter
Raine Trainor
Roxanne Yamins
Sarah Zapata

John Chiaverina, "Puppets, Bagels, and Amphibian Usher: At David Kirshoff's 'Postictal Paradise' at 321 Gallery in Brooklyn," ArtNews, December 8, 2016