Frame & Frequency: Fantastic Bodies
Curated by Frank McCauley, VisArts Assistant Curator
January 11 – February 24, 2019
Concourse Gallery, VisArts 2nd floor
Opening Reception and Curator Talk: Friday, January 25, 7 – 9 PM
Screening of Jonathan Monaghan’s Disco Beast: Friday, January 25, 7 – 9 PM, In(Site) Project Gallery, Buchanan Room, 2ndfloor
In an era dominated by digital technology, Fantastic Bodies explores themes of the real and the virtual, the organic and the artificial, moving between the physical world and the screen and back again. Today, desktop and mobile screens are becoming the primary sources of visual information, effectively blurring the lines between three-dimensional space and the two-dimensional image.
This exhibition presents a diverse group of artists representing multi-generational and cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and personal histories. It demonstrates the artist’s impressive command of video and new media technologies, while exploring the ways in which the photographic, televisual, and digital can change how we perceive the human body and everyday life.
Fantastic Bodies brings together artists such as Maggie Hazen and David Politzer whose works encompass performance, sculpture, and the moving image conflating the physical world and its experiences on screen. For some artists, such as Joe Hambleton, Benjamin Rosenthal, and Jonathan E. Baker, the lens of the camera creates a space to rethink the representation of sociopolitical identities and to question the structures that govern our understanding of ritual, gender, and sexuality. For others, such as Florine Mougel and Mariam Eqbal technology offers opportunities to consider the body as malleable, fragmented, and at times even impossible.
Charting the embrace and manipulation of technology across varying generations, Fantastic Bodies examines how the screen has increasingly shifted the ways in which we picture ourselves and understand our place in the world today.
Artists include: Jonathan E. Baker, Constantinos Chaidalis, Mariam Eqbal, Joe Hambleton, Maggie Hazen, Deborah Kelly, Colleen Keough, Shon Kim, Florine Mougel, David Politzer, and Benjamin Rosenthal.