3MB Collective: Macaulay Culkin, Toby Goodshank, Adam Green

Leisure Inferno
September 14, 2013 – March 4, 2013
Working in a truly collaborative style, 3MB takes the phrase “art collective” seriously. These works are collectively rendered. This is not a group show. These paintings are pulled from the collective consciousness of the individuals and their shared — though often separate — experiences. Though they work without a formula, Toby Goodshank explains their process saying, “We all attack the canvas simultaneously.” Adam Green elaborates that these works are born from “surreal, cartoony, and post-modern ideas that were floating around, and we didn’t feel ashamed to illustrate them, as though we were playing a game together.”
The result of this collaboration is Leisure Inferno, the world premiere art exhibition from 3MB Collective. The paintings here pull from, as Macaulay Culkin explains, “the iconography of our youth.” The art of Leisure Inferno finds the humor in life, in the strange juxtapositions that come from collective consciousness. It’s an embracing of the divide in American culture between sloth and frenzy, passive consumption and fanatic hysteria, high brow and low brow.
Leisure Inferno is a metaphor for the way we live, to hear the artists of 3MB Collective tell it, it is the way we process the culture around us. Culkin elaborates on the concept being embodied in the process saying, “Sometimes we will get together with the intention of working on something, and we don’t know what we’re going to work on. Then it’s ‘Hellraiser,’ ‘disco,’ ‘luau,’ go.” Green adds, “It’s in keeping with the idea of Leisure Inferno. We have leisure activities and Hellraiser interacting. We’ve been touching on the dark side of cartoons. It’s intuitive…We were seeing a lethargic attitude toward leisure and nostalgia…while working on these paintings.”
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  • mz invisible

    I love these guys…so much creative fun! Is the Mac Ipod still happening on the 2nd thursday of each month? I hope so…I so want to be there and get me some Mac music…lol!

    • Carmi

      This month it was’nt a Show (Mac’s Ipod Show)In April? I don’t know it is not on the list.

  • Bruno

    Sou Brasileiro, sempre tive um sonho de conhecer o Macaulay Culkin Pessoalmente, Sou fâ de arte e do Macaulay Culkin desde pequeno, seria um sonho poder Demonstrar minha arte a o 3mb Hoje tenho 29 anos sendo 8 anos de pintura.O Le Poissson Rouge está de parabéns!!!

  • Bruno

    I sent a letter to you from le poisson rouge Brazil would like to know if you received the letter that I sent in the letter is my phone, my facebbok and my residence.