tfw

Presented by PS8
February 8–23
John De Fazio, Shit for Brains, 1986, Painted ceramic and resin on plywood and linoleum base.
141 Hubbell St
Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Thursday, February 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Wed. & Fri. 12:00-3:00 p.m., Thurs. 4:30-7:30 p.m.
 
In 2010, an anonymous user on the imageboard website 4chan contained the phrase the feel when no gf to evoke the humorous yet tersely pathetic self-pity that accompanies feeling alone. This 2010 sentiment, now usually abbreviated as tfw, is widely accepted as the first use of this loaded digital phrase. Today, tfw is used globally, millions of times a day on social media. Three small letters carrying a multitude of self-doubtful layers and associations on its memetic shoulders.
 
PS8’s tfw presents works by five artists that, through sculpture, video, photography and painting/drawing, use their work to describe emotionally charged experiences -- whether positive or negative. Flitting between humor and self-deprecation, screen and IRL, these works confront attitudes towards bodies, behavior, gender, and commercialism.
 
tfw is a group show featuring works by Samantha Allard, John De Fazio, T2R, Shana Moulton, and Samantha Rosenwald.
 
John De Fazio, Shit for Brains, 1986, Painted ceramic and resin on plywood and linoleum base.
Image: Fa He