Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

he man women haters strikes again

He-Man Woman Haters Club: If you see only one show this season, don't miss the Boyz of Basel at Carol Jazzar's outdoor gallery. The title is aptly appropriated from The Little Rascals. It celebrates everlasting boyhood and features a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, including outdoor video projections, naughty drawings, kinetic sculptures, and live performances in the galleryside pool. Curator Hugo Montoya downplays individual contributions in order to punctuate the magic of the group. The collaborative treehouse installation is a highlight — to enter, the viewer must sign a release form and venture up a precarious wooden ladder. Inside, the fratlike clubhouse is filled with cheesy porn and blow-up sex dolls, childhood snapshots, Legos, and toy planes. At the core of the exhibition is an ice sculpture of a spread-eagled woman with a functional shot luge strategically placed between her legs. Despite its title, "He-Man Woman Haters Club" isn't misogynistic; rather it celebrates local solidarity and a Peter Pan-like resistance to growing up. Steph Hurst Through February 2. Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, 158 NW 91st St., Miami; 305-490-6906