At the Michael Mut gallery on Ave C and 7th, the opening for the “Love Yourself” exhibition is a crowded gathering of artists and hawt bixches.
During times of depression economics, when feelings are down, we should definitely love ourselves a bit more. That’s a message that sticks. “The media, governments, organized religions, and even your parents have used techniques to create fear or persuasion to fill their needs disregarding your own well-being,” says Michael Mut, the artist and patron of the gallery.
“Most peopled don’t know its actually happening to them because they are unconscious to the fact. The result of being unconscious leaves you with no choice. I believe choice is freedom and is one part of loving oneself.” The Love Yourself project includes volunteering work, performed by the artists, to raise awareness in children at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, educating them through the art of drawing and crafting. It is not your usual hot&shallow hipster show. Michael Mut managed to collect a cool yet introspective group of artists, with an unusual social twist, striking a delicate balance between aesthetic appeal, innovation and a pervasive political undertone.
The highlight of the show was Miriam Carothers‘ piece, ‘Occupy the ATM!,’ an innovative piece of furniture that is going to be a must-have fetish on Wall Street: an ATM machine turned into a chair.
“If you sit inside for just a few seconds, you’re going to feel like you belong to the 1%!” says artist Miriam Carothers. The creator of the ATM chair is proudly part of the 99% of starving artists – definitely a hawt bixch herself, sporting ten feet inch stilettos.
The ATM chair draws inspiration from Occupy Wall Street even if “a first version of the piece was not part of the Occupy exhibition for being too graphic – it featured a Presidential sex doll – yes, Obama’s inflatable doll’s a must have among sex-shop aficionados, you should get one.”
“On the outside of the ATM machine,” says artist Carothers, “you can read the graffiti-wise list of the members of the failed Congress Super Committee, with the several million dollar donations each of them got from big corporations. So that the rich could finally have their tax breaks made permanent… They really love themselves!”