Disaster Capitalist

Disaster Capitalist::February 6th

DC 7

Gordon Barnes and Mandee Schroer

February 6th – March 1st

Opening Reception
February 6th 6-9pm

A disaster capitalist is someone who anticipates problems and tries to find ways to profit from them. In the commercial world this mindset can encourage some really disturbing schemes to make money, like patenting a vaccine for the bird flu or building a private military force like Blackwater with “soldiers” ready to ship out at a moments notice. But it also applies to artists in some decidedly less sinister ways. Every artist has experienced some sort of disaster in the process of making work. Something, if not everything, is guaranteed to go wrong. The question is what do you do when it falls apart? Do you throw up your hands, have a melt down and run away, or do you try to asses what happened, accept it as part of the process, and find a way to make it work.

Gordon Barnes and Mandee Schroer are two artists who capitalize on self-made disasters as a means of creating. Their processes rely heavily on informed improvisation  which makes them uniquely suited to capitalize on opportunities such as the show opening feb 7th at gallery homeland. This is the second time this duo has come together in the last year to fill an unexpected hole for a gallery and they are beginning to consider themselves specialists in creating informed, impromtu, quality art shows. They accept unpredictability and resistance as necessary parts of the give and take of the creative process and firmly believe it is only by working with and ultimately through these forces that they are able to arrive at honest and vital work.

For more information please contact Paul Middendorf paul@galleryHOMELAND.org.