Your body is not itself. Nor, I should add, is mine. It is under siege from the pharmaceutical, aerobic, dietetic, liposuctive, calorie-controlled, cybernetic world of postmodernism....The body is at once the final point of resistance to the global imperatives of postmodernism and the first to be affected by them.
—Nicholas Mirzoeff

The body is not only a physical structure. It is where our psychological and spiritual selves reside. Artists have explored the body since ancient times. Representational figurative work, however, is not enough to describe the complexities of the twenty-first century body. The Body Show presents contemporary artists who engage the body as both subject and object, pushing its boundaries, manipulating its appearance, and redefining its structures to understand our postmodern existences. Working in a variety of mediums—from sculpture to photography to digital media, drawing, and embroidery—they bring various perspectives to themes such as identity, mortality, and fragility to create a survey of the body as represented in art today.

Curated by Alex Ben-Abba, MFA Glass, 2011

and Beth Weaver, Graphic Design, 2012

Friday, April 1, 2011

Iliahi Anthony, MFA Furniture 2012

Iliahi Anthony creates a series of wooden hair combs and adornments which celebrate beautifying rituals. Using traditional Hawaiian lashing and knotting techniques Anthony questions the role of unnatural materials in creating our identity.

Boyle, MFA Digital + Media 2011

Derek Paul Boyle uses his body to discuss his state of mind and to express inner contradictions. In Fancy Clown Boyle uses video to construct an implied narrative with a still body erratically struggling against its bindings.

Mimi Cabell, MFA Photography 2011

Mimi Cabell’s body in the piece I love you is present through her voice. Cabell uses repetition as a path to understanding. The sound is flowing through her body while she is asking for the meaning of the overly-used sentence “I love you”.

Leslie Dorcus, BFA Printmaking 2011

With her embroideries Leslie Dorcus closely examines the fragility of the human body, blurring the line between interior and exterior anatomy. By using embroidery to reference dissection she juxtaposes the grotesque, the vulnerable, and the beautiful.

Emilia Edwards, MFA Printmaking 2011

Emilia Edwards re-creates anatomical drawing in a new context with Pulse. By creating a massive scale shift and incorporating cartoon elements Edwards transcends the traditional history attached to the source imagery and emphasizes the autonomy of the bodily forms.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Crystal Ellis,MFA Sculpture 2011

Within Crystal Ellis's piece Self-Reflected the viewer become the viewed. Object and person, image and gaze, self and other are no longer separate. Ellis connects the body and mind using the physical image of human eyes to comment on the idea of self-knowledge.

Hannah Kirkpatrick, BFA Glass 2011

Hannah Kirkpatrick uses her own body to create a set of rulers.
In doing so she creates a new measuring system that redefines both her surrounding and the size of her body. By measuring and inscribing every unit of her rulers she questions our need to measure and define existing structures.