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A Fool’s Game Played by Cowards

February 19th - March 19th 2022

Organized by Francis Irv in collaboration with Aria Dean

Hosted by:
As It Stands LA

Hannah Black, Jake Cruzen, Aria Dean, Benjamin Echeverria, Luke Haeger, Olivia Hill, Sanya Kantarovsky, Chris Pecaro, Jordan Wolfson.

“We love a halfway point, a b-side. We love a dubiously heartfelt approach. We love them for the same reason we love a child: innocence not quite escaped—still clunky in the codes of sublimation, showing a bit too much of themselves, of us.

A Fool’s Game Played By Cowards posits that art might be nothing more or less than an eternal navigation of one’s own tendencies toward foolhardiness, toggling of sincerity, flight from cowardice, desperation for bravery.”

This is the inaugral presentation by Francis Irv, an artist-run space based in New York.

Olivia Hill
Airplane Over Eaton Canyon
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

Hannah Black
“The unchecked panhandler is, in effect, the first broken window”
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas
60 x 40 inches

Sanya Kantarovsky
Three Shapes
Watercolor and pastel on linen
16 x 12 inches

Sanya Kantarovsky
Interior Pressure
Watercolor and pastel on linen
16 x 12 inches

Aria Dean,
Untitled (Feb hand)
Acrylic, graphite, charcoal on canvas
20 x 20 inches

Jordan Wolfson
Untitled (Prototypes)
Dimensions variable

Luke Haeger
Stacked chairs, hand embroidery, oil paint, ink, spray paint, gesso, Mike Kelley Foundation x Moca t-shirt,
Mike Kelley Foundation x Supreme T-Shirt, Sierra Club Member button
36 x 22 inches

Benjamin Echeverria
24 x 19 inches
Courtesy of Galerie Parisa Kind

Chris Pecaro
Black Rubber (05.29.21)
Acrylic, latex
30 x 36 inches

Jake Cruzen
Angel Emerging From a Calf
Oil and silverleaf on canvas
96 x 72 inches