The exhibit displays what Killjoy Collective does best—shows that examine social issues with a sincere but wacky sense of exploration.
"It's been years since I drop-kicked the patriarchy on its head," she writes in a subsection titled "Iridescent Odyssey," which abstractly depicts a futuristic, non-patriarchal utopia.
Rosen's book is displayed on a podium at the far end of Portland State University's Littman Gallery, where Killjoy Collective is hosting its second show outside of its hard-to-find gallery in Southeast Portland. Sun Kittens & Moon Puppies lends the exhibit its name and, in a way, its manifesto. The show as a whole attempts to imagine what the world will look like after the fall of the patriarchy. To Rachel Rosenkoetter, it will look like vibrant paintings of exploding eggs. To E.M. Fuller, it will look like large ribbons of raw denim arranged in a pile shaped like a lopsided pyramid. To Maggie-Rose Condit, the impending social change will look like red-tinted photographs of hands clawing at cherries.
The Littman and White galleries at PSU will feature work from a bunch of young artists bringing the voice of their communities to the galleries.
Sun Kittens & Moon Puppies is a wild, playful take on answering the question “What happens when the patriarchy falls?” Members of Killjoy Collective envision “a free and open future wherein united human society compassionately and sustainably co-exists with planet Earth and beyond.” This interdisciplinary exhibition pays homage to radical visionaries of the past and looks at how some of the movements of today can build a new future. Features new works by E.M. Fuller, Maggie-Rose Condit, BriAnna Rosen, and Rachel Rosenkoetter. Rosen will also be releasing a new book as part of the exhibition.
The Killjoy Collective exhibition is for people who feel marginalized, regardless of the reason...
It’s an ambitious group show featuring more than a dozen artists, musicians, and meme-makers. Multiple large monitors featuring homebrew videogames and digital environments ring a central bench that invites you to sit, don a pair of headphones, and pick up a wireless keyboard where the control keys are indicated by textured flower stickers. In the far corner, a modern LCD screen is housed in the skeleton of a small 1980s CRT TV set, perched atop a dresser. This echoes the homey, inner-sanctum vibes broadcast from the squishy, colorful installation of blankets, stuffed animals, and fabric creations at the front of the room on the same wall.