POSTHUMAN: An Exploration of the Representation of the Human Body in the Age of Self-Consumption.
An exhibtion of painting and photography that addresses the representation of the human body in an age of hyperconsumption and reabsorption / recycling of images, of material goods... of 'culture'. And examination of the visual role of the human body in a culture being consumed by itself.
Sidenote: All works in this exhibition portray the human body at life size or larger. Please bookmark this page and watch our updates to see more images.
An exploration of the representation of the human body as a near perfectly objectified and alienated construct, distinct from any traditonal notion of the 'self'. It is the motivation of this exhibition to show explore the alienated body and it's reconfiguration through the filter of artists who have something to say on the subject. Jo Spence (now deceased) and Terry Dennett's joint project 'Industrialization', included at Documenta 12 in Kassel 2007 explore the relationship between the human body and the industrialized landscape and it's more naïve conjugate in a singular and powerful statement about and againt the effects of the mechanization of society. While this work was created/published at the beginning of the 1980s, it is all the more relevant to see now.
The large canvases of English duo Part2ism & Tamara stiffen the argument slightly - their material vocabulary have been lifted directly from site specific works of the walls of London and other cities. The duo's transition into the gallery space from the street presents a whole new set of problems and opportunities which challenge the viewer in fascinating ways reminiscent of the way that some of the early minimalists effected the transition of industrial materials into the gallery and we were left to ponder the results. The work is powerful and confrontational in ways that can only be HALF suggested in the humble images below. It must truly be seen to be appreciated(!).
Anne-Marie Kornachuk paints in more traditional oils and always at a 1:1 scale relating to the body. Her work addresses the human body in various states and modes (styles?) of dress and undress and questions the role of clothing and one's personal relationship to one's clothing and the identity one chooses and allows oneself to construct based on this construct. This is made all the more personal and important in the fact that her paintings are in every important way self-portraits.The role of clothing in one's life is, through such careful self-analysis and focus, expanded to the level of a critique of contemporary society. The work is a far more subtle critique of humanity - but remains perhaps some of the more fascinating investigations in the show for it's modesty of statement.