Gerald Slota/Neil Labute: Home.Sweet.Home

14 October - 13 November 2010
Press release

Ricco/Maresca  Gallery  is  excited  and  honored  to  present  Home.Sweet.Home,  a  unique  collaboration  between  playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute, and artist/photographer Gerald Slota, delving deep into the skeleton-­‐ridden closets of domestic Americana.


Published  in  part  for  the  first  time  in  Aperture’s  Fall  2009  issue,  the  exhibition  was  the  culmination  of  twisted  phrases provided by LaBute simply known as “thoughts,” which Slota then developed into sinister digital montages in order to bring them to life. Pushing one another to the darkest corners of their psyches, they found that the harder each one pressed,  the  more  inspired  each  became.  Both  known  for  their  ability  to  transform  otherwise  innocuous  situations  into  wickedly  enticing  concepts,  their  individual  talents  combined  to  create  disturbingly  beautiful  pieces  which  manifest  the latent malevolence of even the most seemingly benign of souls.


 Though never having met in person during the entire process, corresponding entirely through email, LaBute and Slota continually challenged each other’s artistry and imaginations; each image and underlying message peeling back the layers of pretension to reveal the haunting truth behind their characters’ facades. When viewing the world through LaBute and Slota’s looking glass, nothing is sacred: the underbelly of humanity stands mischievously exposed.


 Neil  LaBute  is  a  writer/director  for  theater,  film,  and  television,  and,  on  occasion,  writes  short  stories  and  non-­‐fiction. His new play, “The Break of Noon,” will premiere in NYC this fall, and another new work, “In a Forest, Dark and Deep,” will debut in London's West End in early 2011.


 Gerald  Slota has  been  widely  exhibited  across  the  US  and  abroad.  His  work  is  included  in  collections  at  the  LA  County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art. His images have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, BOMB, Blindspot, ARTNEWS, and Art in America.  

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