Tiger Strikes Asteroid is pleased to present Outfit, an exhibition of artworks by Cameron Crawford, Micah Danges, and Kayla Romberger that conceal and camouflage. The exhibitions opens on Thursday, September 13th, with a reception from 6-9 pm.
“The next revelation is coming any minute, and then things will change.”
“That video will leak, and then we’ll know for sure.”
“If people knew what was being done in their name, they would stand up.”
The works in this exhibition place no such trust in exposure. If sunlight was ever a disinfectant, it has, by now, created resistant strains. In the midst of a social imperative to disclose everything and an intellectual compulsion toward paranoid revelations, these works offer counterpoints and resistant strategies.
Cameron Crawford’s works use screens, window screens, sunscreens, meshes, and coatings to hide orphans and to trap rats. Micah Danges places photos between tinted and polished sheets of acrylic, causing a viewer to see themselves much more clearly than the framed image. Kayla Romberger offers take-away prints depicting invisible military snipers, expertly hidden in the landscape, ready to hide in your home, closet, office, or school.
Each of these works asks a viewer to consider what would they really do differently if they really did know. If they did know that doing it for exposure only makes you more vulnerable. If they did know that political, economic, academic malfeasance was rampant, locally, nationally, globally. If they did know that the horrors being done in their name were not only speakable, but were in fact the primary talking points of the past fifty years. Because, of course we know. We’ve known for years. And we keep putting on outfits and waiting for the revelation.
Cameron Crawford’s work has been has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Minerva, Sydney; TEMP, New York; New Capital, Chicago; Golden Gallery, New York; Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York; Interstate Projects, New York; and Peregrine Program, Chicago. Publications include Blast Counterblast (anthology), ed. by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms, Mercer Union/ Whitewalls/ University of Chicago Press; Manual for Treason (anthology), Sharjah Biennial; and Touch, See, Taste vol. 1 (anthology), Temporary Agency. Readings include MoMA PS1, New York; Golden Gallery, New York; and Interstate Projects, New York. Crawford received the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Award for Emerging Artists in 2011, and was an Artist in Residence with Youth Insights at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012.
Micah Danges lives and works in Philadelphia. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Abington Arts Center, the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Cabrini College, and Vox Populi Gallery; and in group shows at the Michener Art Museum, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Tate Modern, The Print Center, and Fleisher-Ollman Gallery. He attended Kutztown University and was a member of Vox Populi Gallery from 2008-2012. Danges is a recipient of a 2012 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, a 2013 Wind Challenge Grant from the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, and was named a 2015 Fellow by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
Kayla Romberger is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. Exhibitions include Satellite Projects (Miami), the 4th Gwangju Design Biennale (Gwangju, S. Korea), BASE Beijing (China), MOCAD, Work-Detroit, and the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 (New York). Reviews of Romberger’s work have appeared in The Guardian, The Detroiter, Coolhunting, Bmore Art, and Designboom, among other publications. Romberger holds an MFA in Art & Design and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also co-founder of the bookshop and exhibition space Ulises, and is a recipient of a Pew project grant for Publishing As Practice.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists. Our goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. We seek to further empower the artist’s role beyond that of studio practitioner to include the roles of curator, critic, and community developer; and to act as an alternate model to the conventions of the current commercial art market.