Suddenly We Jumped
"Suddenly we jumped, hearing the mighty noise of the huge double-decker trams that rumbled by outside, ablaze with colored lights, like villages on holiday suddenly struck and uprooted by the flooding Po and dragged over falls and through gorges to the sea."
~ Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present Miami-based artist ANTONIA WRIGHT in her second solo project with the Gallery, titled Suddenly We Jumped, on view from April 5 throughMay 10, 2014. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, April 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Originally performed live at Vizcaya Museum, Miami, Florida, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, "Suddenly We Jumped" is a new performance for video work by Antonia Wright in which she transforms the body into a mechanized weapon. Inspired by Futurist ideals and aesthetics, Wright's nude body is catapulted into the air where it violently smashes through a sheet of glass. Rendered in slow motion, the video captures her writhing figure as it comes into contact and then explodes through the glass, allowing for a heightened experience of the visual metaphor. Curator Tami Katz-Freiman views the piece as revolving around three main preoccupations: gender politics, bodily endurance, and extreme emotion/action in the public sphere. According to Katz-Freiman, "Ms. Wright's recurring interest in using her own body as her principal tool enables her to undermine the boundaries of gender politics, to challenge social conventions via an extreme physical or emotional action, and to test the endurance of her viewers."
Antonia Wright (born 1979) graduated from the New School University in New York City with an MFA in Poetry (2005) and studied at the International Center of Photography. She received her BA (2002) from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT. Recent exhibitions include Are You Ok?, and You Make Me Sick: I Love You, at Spinello Projects, Miami; Be and Deep Water Horizon, at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Trading Places II at The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; Perfect Lovers (a Frieze New York special project) at the White Box Gallery in New York; Where All of Your Dreams Come True, at The Mosquera Collection, Miami; Fireflies, at Aeroplastics in Brussels, Belgium; and MOCA Optic Nerve VIII at The De La Cruz Collection, Miami.
Wright's work is held in the permanent collections of Martin Z. Margulies at The Warehouse (Miami), The Hadley Martin Fisher Collection (Tampa), and the Marty & Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Hotel (Miami Beach). Wright has been featured in publications including Art in America, New York Magazine, Artillery, Visual Art Source, Daily News, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Art Newspaper, The Sun-Sentinel, ArtSlant, and Miami Art Guide, among others.
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