IN THE EYES OF LIONS
MAY 8, 2010 - MAY 29, 2010
Skin houses the body and it is figured as the ultimate boundary, the material that divides and defines the inside from the outside. Visibility is the index of skin; it is a physical border but a symbolic membrane where the interior and exterior flow between present and submerged, objective and subjective. The skin of a person, the hide, forms the surface through which the interior is housed; identities emerge, desires and drives become evident, sickness and decay rise to the surface. Its legibility allows us a peek at the construction of otherness out of raw materials of desire, fear, resistance, fragility, aging, and so on while its construction of bone, muscle, blood and hair/fur reinforces our own completeness; skin makes us aware and connects us with the idea of others while alienating us in our own bodies. The artists chosen for this exhibition create works that deal with surface and have a relationship to skin. Thematic concepts range from skin as a disguise, as gender, as transformative, as a metaphor for transformed subject positions, to the appropriation of surface to create new identities, to camouflage and the individual’s relationship to environment, to death, decay, violence, and so on.