David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Metabolic Bodies, with works by Sanford Biggers, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan Lee-Chun, Pepe Mar, Robert Melee, and Wendy White. Metabolic bodies process forms and identities operating beyond dominant discourses.
Sanford Biggers reworks the antique surface of Quilt 16, setting it in motion with Afrofuturism and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Multivalence problematizes Rauschenberg's Bed. The artist suspends Harriet Tubman's journey. Lyle Ashton Harris similarly curates a search history that cannot be deleted. Watering Hole III is under the red filter, where one can impose their own face or that of the artist. Desire confuses alterity, and the watering hole serves the persona as well as the political.
Quisqueya Henriquez places the geometric minimalism of Carmen Herrera inside the design of Russian avant-gardist Lyubov Popova, and in so doing, inserts herself into the lineage these women exemplar. Susan Lee-Chun creates territory for gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomics by obscuring decorative figurines with plaster and black paint. For Adler Guerrier, "Blck" is the combination of graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, and solvent transfer in rendering symbols at once anthropomorphic and architectural. Wendy White also subverts language with trios of letters in bright acrylic. The sculptural PVC frames suggest that the letters build into undisclosed significance.