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Tony Labat has produced art dealing with identity, labor, violence, and marginalization. He has constantly posited ideas about the artist as an intentional fool and risk taker, as exemplified by his appearance on The Gong Show in 1978 with performance partner Bruce Pollack, and the transformation of his studio into a functional gym in 1980–1981. Works in this exhibition reveal the artist’s interest in implied and realized acts of expression and agency, including Blanket Policy, 1989, a tent made of found paintings; the video Peace Roll, 2006, featuring a performer rolling a giant peace symbol across the streets of San Francisco; and Elevations: Platforms, Stages, & Catwalks, 2012, recent drawings of proposed structures.
January 11, 2013 – March 16, 2013