Extremely absorbent and increasingly hollow
Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space: presented with Abrons Art Center
December 14 - February 3, 2019
Curated by Alexis Wilkinson, AIRspace Curator in Residence
The artworks included in the exhibition Extremely absorbent and increasingly hollow complicate the notion of a discrete body as separate from the unruly matter of the physical world and impervious to the penetration of cultural signifiers from the social world. Working across sculpture, performance, and video, artists Xandra Ibarra, Alison Kuo, and Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin forego direct representation, instead employing materials that stand in for the mass of the body and the surface of the skin to consider processes of consumption and anxieties around contamination.
Both consumption and contamination occur in the body by way of ingestion and proximity––we continuously absorb elements of the world around us. These systems also extend to the social, marking bodies and populations with sometimes dangerous physical and social implications in the form of ideologies, perceptions, anxieties, and desires as examined in different ways by the artworks included.
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