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Rob Conger

Tragic Kingdom

Mixed Greens is excited to announce Rob Conger's first solo show in their new space. The show will consist of his latest series of latch-hook rugs depicting specific locations in America's most iconic theme park, Disneyland.

In the summer of 2005, Disneyland celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the "Happiest Celebration on Earth." In anticipation of this event, Conger researched less widely publicized news, namely eleven deaths that happened on the park's grounds.

To memorialize these tragedies, Conger visited Disneyland to take snapshots of the rides and locations where the accidents occurred. Then, he painstakingly reproduced each postcard-perfect scene as a large-scale latch-hook rug. Through such crafty production, Conger acknowledges his own suburban upbringing as well as the backgrounds of many of Disney’s fans. He purposefully chose to break from the kitten and butterfly legacy of latch-hook to represent a darker side of America’s favorite vacation spot.

Rob Conger graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and then Yale Universtiy with his MFA in sculpture (1994). Recent articles published on his last body of work, “Nine Very Charitable Men,” will appear in both Business Week and the DC Examiner (fall 2005). Solo shows have taken place at Mixed Greens, NYC (2004, 2003) and group exhibition venues have included the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2004), Virginia Commonwealth University (2004) Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in Oakland, CA (2002) and White Columns, New York City (2002, 1998).

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