Grizzly Proof


March 9th- April 12th, 2007
Opening: Friday, March 9th, 7pm

Our story begins with Troy Hurtubise who was attacked by a grizzly bear in the Canadian Rockies. Troy survived and decided that he would one day return to the Rockies, this time fully prepared to win. Cut to director Peter Lynch, who created a documentary called Project Grizzly about Troy and his quest to create a grizzly-proof suit. It is one man’s obsession to defeat nature. In the film, Troy has his friends test his suit in various violent ways (ramming trucks, flying logs, etc.) and then heads to the heart of Grizzly country for an adventure that ends, unceremoniously, in failure.

Flux Factory has invited artists from around the world to create their own response to Troy’s body of work and life’s ambition. Artists were asked to take on the age-old theme of human-versus-nature, the conflicting desire to understand the natural and to commune with it, and the need to control its cruelest aspects. Just as Project Grizzly addresses one man’s obsession with invincibility it also gives voice to a dream that is at the heart of the human experience. Troy’s dream may be a little bit insane, but it is moving nonetheless.

Please join us in exploring, uncovering, and paying tribute to this extraordinary narrative.


Kristoffer Ardena, Dominique Blais, Paul Burn, Johannes DeYoung, Lisa Dillin,
Chris Hackett
& Eleanor Lovinsky, Aya Kakeda, Katerina Lanfranco, Fabienne Lasserre,
Marie Losier
& Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria, Peter Lynch, Ian Montgomery,
Motomichi Nakamura,
Frank Olive & Rudy Shepherd, Douglas Paulson, Bruno Persat, Hideki Takahashi, Hiroshi Shafer, Shawn Spencer.

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12-4pm and by appointment.
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Friday, March 16th at 8pm, LIVE MUSIC
Chris Black from the Golden Arm Trio
Sex with an Angel


Sunday, March 18th at 2pm, DIORAMA DAY
* Katerina Lanfranco presents
“Myths of Nature in Art, Science, and Religion: From Dioramas to Dogmas”


*Aya Kakeda teaches a hands-on how-to diorama workshop
We provide all materials! FREE!



Thursday, April 12 at 8pm, CLOSING
Bear-themed party
With special performance by artist Johannes DeYoung
*wear a costume and/or prepare to dance!


View Nick Normal’s pics of the opening

Special one-night screening of
“Project Grizzly” –the film that inspired the show!

Presented by director Peter Lynch with follow-up Q & A
New Center Cinema
4217 Queens Blvd.
Sunnyside, NY 11104