Potential Bodies

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Enhance, 2014 Yoga Mat, Hydrocal, Makeup, Paint 14 X 50 X 21 In. © Sofia Londono
Potential Bodies
Curated by: Allison Peck

10455 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
August 1st, 2014 - August 15th, 2014

culver city/west la
Otis College of Art and Design
queer formalism, painting, digital, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual

Sometimes, a work possesses a peculiar, autonomous quality. It doesn’t have a traditional framing device to indicate exactly where it resides. What it is made of is unidentifiable, if only momentarily. What it is trying to tell you is not completely clear or translatable. It lives in incompletion, which only prompts more questions. We look, and it shifts in our vision, oscillating between categories, names, and perspectives. Boundaries are pushed to make space; they can be made porous and flexible.

These works—and the fourteen artists that made them—find themselves at an intersection between aesthetic and anti-aesthetic practices. They are highly formal yet still deal with content on a deep level whether the subject is gender, relationships, societal norms of beauty, ecological anxieties, or queerness. Our first encounter with content is through their materiality.

The artists appropriate materials for new and often ridiculous purposes, perverting their initial function. Even if the material is recognizable, there is the space within a split second where we have the ability to see it as something else, unnamable. In this way, the objects invite imagination, fishtailing on the edge between transformation and readymade.

Animated by some unseeable force, these works won’t allow for passive consumption. They act upon you just as your gaze acts upon them, this intimate action ping-ponging back and forth between work and receiver.

By asking questions of us, these potential bodies prompt other worlds into existence. They reflect on the past, address the present, and imagine a future.