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Strange Skin

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Gumhead, 2011 Mixed 33"x68"x30" © 2011
Strange Skin

4634 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
May 6th, 2011 - May 29th, 2011
Opening: May 6th, 2011 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://weekendspace.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
silverlake/echo park
EMAIL:  
info@weekendspace.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm
TAGS:  
sculpture, Contemporary Sculpture

DESCRIPTION

W E E K E N D is pleased to present, "Strange Skin," Michelle Carla Handel's first solo exhibition outside academia. The sculptures in the exhibition present a confounding surreality of the body on a human and inhuman scale. Composed of skin-like rubbers and animate textiles, the sensual anthro- and dysmorphic forms suggest disembodied organs and fleshy mutations that both fascinate and disgust. The corporeal forms, helpless to stand on their own, depend on support from the walls, slump and droop on wooden stands, or hang suspended by rubber harnesses that strive to prevent the eventual course of gravity that pulls them downward. Colored with synthetic pinks and yellows as well as brownish skin tones, the shapes take on an inhuman voluptuousness attended by impossible appendages and unseemly protuberances. Beneath the vulnerable sensuality flows a vein of subtle humor that underlines the work with cartoonish caricature, adding a sense of absurdity to the gross physical desire for escape from the gravitas of the body's inevitable dissolution.