In February 2014, Mike Bouchet & Paul McCarthy" created an exhibition titled "Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model", at Portikus in Frankfurt am Main. Parallel to this exhibition, Galerie Parisa Kind presented drawings, collages, sculptures and a video by Bouchet & McCarthy which were related to the Portikus show.
Already 8 years earlier, in 2006, the artists had collaborated on a set of drawings based around Frank Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. They both had long felt that the general form of the museum obviously looked like a warship. In these drawings, the Museum is depicted as a battleship, or has battleship details added; large artillery cannons, helicopter and fighter jet staging areas, as well as visitors and museum staff in naval uniforms. These drawings will be presented at Art Cologne NEUMARKT /COLLABORATIONS by Galerie Parisa Kind.
A series floor reliefs were also created during the installation period of the Portikus exhibition. These works had started as optical abstractions of Captain America's shield. Then paintings were created by dropping rocks, bricks, boards, sawhorses, the shields themselves, followed by two forms of liquid brown pigment (paint and energy drink gelatin), combined mid-air while falling onto these sculptural reliefs. The works originally resembled bulls-eyes and hypnosis images, became targets for gravity based action paintings, with a clear reference to the works of Billy “Dirty” Al Bengston. One of these works will be be presented in a wooden crate with a tempted glass lid, that also doubles as a coffee table. This display table allows for a very intimate and detailed experience of a process piece that is both delicate and masculine.
The selection of works in our booth at Art Cologne will feature oil paintings, drawings, collages, and sculptures from the original exhibition. Themes on art architecture, event sponsorships, social criticism, historic torture devices, sport drink culture, art world machinations, US cultural hegemony, self-deprecation, coincidental spelling mistakes, dinner party dictatorships, and much more are represented in this body of work.