Mint Gallery spaces on the Intergalactic Strongthang Competition (1)
Fantasy in art is often bridled by the need to point out flaws in the human condition, absurdities of modern culture, or the destruction left in the wake of human pursuits. Given that there are so many targets out there, the near absence of a political message may be the most enticing element of the Intergalactic Strongthang Competition. For the lastest work from young Atlanta art collective Plastic Aztecs, wild imaginations fuel a made-up outer-space competition for pure artistic fun.
On July 11 at MINT Gallery, the Aztecs — Andrea Sanders, Dorothy Stucki and Becky Furey — will roll out the Intergalactic Strongthang Competition, “an event occurring every century organized to celebrate strength and unity by the Intergalactic Federation of Amateur Strongthangs.” In an arena/museum setup complete with repurposed exercise equipment, announcer audio, and slowed-down, cut-up jock rock, competition will ensue in alien costumes constructed of gold-painted football pads, full-body skin-tight Zentai suits, strategically placed fur, antlers and more.
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(Photo courtesy Plastic Aztecs)