Fowler Arts Collective is pleased to present Morph, a group exhibition curated by Alicia DeBrincat and Jade Yumang of eleven artists working in the mediums of photography, sculpture, performance, installation, video, and painting.
Morph investigates the body as a conduit for different artistic and theoretical strategies, revealing the body’s fundamental role in comprehending our sense of self. Working across diverse mediums, these artists approach the body as raw material. They adapt it at will in order to explore identity, gender, religion, technology, disease, and the body’s role within the social matrix. The body is reduced to nothing more permanent than a modifiable facade, which can be constantly changed and morphed to resist or compliment outside forces.
In Dean Dempsey’s Bound, part of his In the Dark series, historical and future narratives are collapsed into staged photographs where the body is altered to exist in a liminal space. Collaborative duo, Sara Jimenez and Kaitlynn Redell encapsulate and perform “inbetweenness” as a space where identity is fluidly determined with other bodies and the environment through a video performance in Negotiating Bounds.
Continuing her investigation of gender binaries through Kuwaiti garments in The Abaya Series, Dalal Ani offers new sculptural and photographic documentations of performance that blend female and male garments into an indistinguishable creature that navigates public and private domains. In Mirror Stage, Kreerath Sunittramat represents a transgendered moment by employing street portrait artists in NYC’s Times Square to draw his portrait while shirtless, donning a skirt and holding various items that suggest breasts as he endures the winter cold.
In her new painting series, Post-Medical Eden, Alicia DeBrincat explores and captures fleeting occurrences where bodies willfully deviate from the norm and seek out modes of interaction while opening up a generative space of play, exploration, and resistance to societal mandates . In NRML, JIT Real exploits and defies aesthetic hedonism and pop culture as the trio gender bends their way through a concoction of music, visuals, construction, and performance, hypnotizing audiences to a chaotic trance.
Jade Yumang generates his own accounts of queer folklore through his compulsive repetitive manipulation of materials visualizing the queer form. He presents a new sculpture, Backward! March!, where he dismantles a military jacket and impregnates it with an excess amount of fake flowers and erect seersucker appendages. In Lavar Munroe’s Of a Lesser People According to Tyler, deities are created to conjure up and reclaim negative stereotypes of black culture through a Bahamian and American lens. Munroe transforms detritus materials, such as cardboard, into beautiful mythological gods and goddesses that challenge racial and class discrimination.
Please join us for Morph's opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 16th from 7-9 pm. During the opening, there will be a durational performance by JIT Real. The exhibition will be on view from February 11th to 28th, 2013, and can be viewed by appointment. Contact us here to make an appointment. For more information on the artists and exhibition, go here: morphshow.tumblr.com
Image credit: Bound by Dean Dempsey, 2012