Janet Bruesselbach

the "I Hate Art" show

April 23 - May 23, 2011

Opening Reception Saturday, April 23, 7-9 pm Photos here

Tribes Gallery
285 E 3rd St. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10009

212 674 3778

"The Artist is Absent"mindedLive Portraits Every Saturday

You have assumptions, if you’re reading this.  Either that it will explain what you’re looking at, or that it will be theoretical gibberish, or that it will be yet another idiot artist whose shtick is to defy of either of those assumptions.  There are many ways what you are observing could only fulfill your expectations. 

 You should probably tell Janet what you’re seeing, and tell her what to paint.  She doesn’t know either any more.  If you have empty wall space, maybe you should put art in it.  Otherwise, it’s not going to try to be socially conscious or transcendent or even successfully satirize those goals.

Consider these experiments produced by an algorithm that forces choices on a well-trained* unconscious human machine.  See something not about art, but about science, that is, the pursuit of truth, and therefore, compulsively honest, to the point of both representational loyalty and continuous contradiction.  Choices were made to please you, to make something that is simultaneously what you want to see and what you’ve never seen before.  They were made by finding sympathetic shapes in other shapes, generating one signal out of another by treating it as noise.  Or simply trying to make a self-deprecating joke.

You should visit on Saturdays and sit for the artist.  You may buy the portraits, and the proceeds will go towards turning this building into somewhere artists can be as stupid as they want to be.  You should leave feedback, but only if it’s negative.  We are fishing for insults, here.  If this attitude annoys, you can reasonably be expected to ignore it.  Thank you.  I’m sorry.


1. Information Wants To Be Wrong, 2011, oil on linen, 48 by 48 in, $8000


2. Veritas Odium Parit, 2009, 5 ft by 6 ft oil on linen, $10000


3. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc, 2010, oil on linen, 54 in by 42 in, $6000

4. Real Virtuality , 2011, oil on canvas, 32 by 36 in, $1000

5. Wallow in Immanence, 2011, oil on canvas, 32 in by 32 in, $2500


6. Misunderstand Me, 2010, oil on canvas, 23 by 23 in, $800

7. Elf Awareness, 2011, oil on canvas, 11 by 14 inches

8. Elf Pity, 2011, pen on paper, 8 by 10 inches, $60

9. Mating Display, oil on canvas, 2011, 36 x 42 inches. $4000


10. Feedback, 2007, oil on canvas, 16 ft loop, $1000

11. Every Man A King, 2008, oil on canvas, 20 in diameter, $1000

12. Masturbatory, 2011, ink on paper, 7 x 10 inches, $80

13. Derivative, 2011, ink on paper, 6 x 6 inches, $80

1-inch cylinders drilled into parts of the gallery wall with long hanging history
14. Tribes wall cores 1-5

15. Insults as Veiled Compliments, 2009, oil on canvas, 32 by 64 inches, $3000

16. "We Were The Internet" –| |–

17. Negative Feedback Only: Interactive mirror inviting insult.

18. Give Me Money Face, 2011, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, best offer

Non gustibus disputandum

* MFA, New York Academy, 2009. BFA, RISD, 2006.