Preview: Kevin Cyr "Home In the Weeds" at 941 Geary

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011
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Brooklyn-based Kevin Cyr's graffiti'd van paintings of a few years back became attention-grabbers. Now, for his solo exhibition at 941 Geary in San Francisco, Home In the Weeds, Cyr has turned his attention to the notion of shelter in a world of economic turmoil.

Through a series of large-scale installations, photographs, paintings, drawings, and silk-screened editions, Cyr will examine a personal reaction to the fragility of our current society, and the future in which we could be living in.

A word from 941 Geary:

Home In the Weeds is a personal reaction to the fragility of our current society. After the worst economic downturn since the Depression, a feeling of imminent doom remains. With jobs scarce, and government safety nets shrinking, one misfortune — a layoff, an injury, or missed payment — can transform a person's life beyond recognition. Home in the Weeds examines the idea of shelter as a safe haven for a future worst-case scenario as well as more optimistic notions of home and self-preservation.

A series of large-scale installations explore the idea of shelters at different stages or circumstances. Each serves a different function and ideas of mobility, concealment and protectionism play a role in their designs. A small, tag-along camper towed by an old Raleigh 3-speed bike is the most romantic of the installations. It expresses nostalgia for innocence and exploration and is stocked with items reminiscent of my childhood camping trips. A vintage tent is a transportable, but immobile shelter. Its canvas exterior disguises a built-out room with wood flooring, wainscoting walls and a wood burning stove. A third structure is a stationary shelter constructed from discarded materials. Old plywood, rusty sheet metal and various objects scattered around the piece allow it to be completely concealed if necessary. Protectionism plays the largest role in this urban fort. It’s equipped with a CB radio for communication with allies, peep holes for scanning the surroundings and weapons for a last resort. A site-specific installation — built into an oil pit used by the former smog shop occupant — resembles a bomb shelter. Stocked with the barest of survival necessities, this installation recalls the worse of doomsday prophecies.


Below are some studio shots and works of Kevin Cyr's for Home In the Weeds:

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Kevin Cyr
Home In the Weeds
April 30—June 4, 2011
941 Geary
San Francisco, California


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