The Sovereigns

Jean-François Leboeuf & YK Hong

Local Artist Gallery:  Raws

October 3 - November 1, 2014

The Sovereigns, featuring work by Jean-François Leboeuf (Montreal, Canada) & YK Hong (Brooklyn, NY) will run October 3rd – November 1st, with an opening reception on the First Friday Artwalk October 3rd 6-10pm at Darger HQ.  Concurrently, Raws will be showing his recent photographs in the Local Artist Gallery.  Jean-François Leboeuf, YK Hong and RAWS’ work is rebellious, revolutionary and defiant.  They are supreme rulers, sovereigns, possessing power of their own expressions and their work is done independently and without outside interference, defying conventional notions of gender, race, sexuality and societal norms.

Darger HQ is delighted to announce that Jean-François Leboeuf (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) received a Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec (CALQ) travel grant for his exhibition at Darger HQ.  Leboeuf will be exhibiting his large-scale graphite drawings from his Bâtard Series, videos, as well as a live performance at 9pm at the opening.  Leboeuf received his Master of Arts L'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Laval University (Quebec, Canada) and Ecole des Beaux- Arts de St- Etienne (France). 

Leboeuf states, “With the remains of a junk culture and abundant relics of possible daily trivial, my work probes the strange and grotesque by amalgam and recontextualization. My multidisciplinary corpus cites even as it plunders the American consumer cultures, however, having a soft spot for decadent, frivolous and marginalized.  Combinations of signs and morals are giving birth to fictional beings who take flesh in performance and set video scene. The actions are portrayed in a certain banality while often switching to absurdity and irreverence. This coarseness is however washed by a meticulous formal treatment when the shares become photography or the characters are realistically portrayed. Identity disorder, chaos semiotic allegory of's on these tracks that wander my performances, videos, photographs, drawings and installations.”

YK Hong (Brooklyn, NY) is an internationally and domestically exhibiting artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries of art and cross-disciplinary work.  She draws from her multi-cultural and trans-global background to incorporate ideas of struggle and anti-oppression into her work.  Her pieces portray the possibility of revolution and change in the everyday struggle.  Hong will be presenting her Metonymy sculptures for the exhibition. 

Hong’s statement on the Metonymy Series:

The suspended leather and metal clusters from Metonymy Series are not unlike the communities we form; they are gatherings connected to each other yet also distinctly separate in their own agencies. At times we follow social patterns and regulation, and yet also manage to assert our uniqueness. It is a political act to exist as part of a social structure as a collective people as well as through our struggles to find independence.  Each piece in Metonymy is made up of a series of leather constructions, which are also able to be worn on the body. When dissected and exploded, there are "outfits" that represent distinct identities and personalities. There is humanity within our separateness and independence, even if at first we may seem to merely be part of the mass of humanity.  Leather evokes ideas of taboo, class, sex, sexuality in addition to an extreme range of emotions and reactions. People have a simultaneous fear and affinity toward leather and the attachments created around it. Communities have been ostracized because of it, while others have been given exclusive social status. It intimates the notion of armored protection, a sense of a living form, and mythical legends. It touches upon people’s unspoken conditioning around class, race, sexuality and gender. It is rebellion.  Metonymy expresses our desires and trepidation around society’s biases and prejudices, around the passion to be an individual and a part of a collective identity. We are sums of our parts, as individuals and social beings. As clusters. Thus, our desire to be unique and a part of a whole are reconcilable, and can and do produce beauty in everything around us.

Raws, also known as musical phenomenon Plack Blague, will be displaying his recent photographs in the Local Artist Gallery.  The show’s title is D1$//TR^CT1ON$ - AN UN-NATURAL DIGITAL LOOK AT THE NATURAL.  His work is playfully dark and often documents his work as an underground performance artist and musician.  Raws has shown at the Bemis Underground, Lux Center, Tugboat Gallery, Sheldon Art Gallery and the Black Lodge in Dallas.