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Eye of the Beholder

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Root Division
Eye of the Beholder

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
June 8th, 2011 - June 25th, 2011
Opening: June 11th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.rootdivision.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
SOMA
EMAIL:  
info@rootdivision.org
PHONE:  
(415) 8633-7668
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment
TAGS:  
mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual, figurative, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

At once private and public, the body is an exceptionally loaded subject. It is capable of evoking multiple responses simultaneously, including eroticism, nostalgia, power, fragility, free will, and humor. The presence of a body in a work of art often conveys insights linked to the tension of its dualities - masculine and feminine, young and old, the repulsive and the alluring. The artwork featured in Eye of the Behold explores the figure through parody, distortion and subversion, giving viewer the opportunity to look at the body and question our assumptions of normalcy and "other".


Curatorial statement:

My mind is bent to tell of bodies changed to other forms. - Ovid, Metamorphoses

At once private and public, the body is an exceptionally loaded subject. It is capable of evoking multiple responses simultaneously, including eroticism, nostalgia, power, fragility, free will, and humor. The presence of a body in a work of art often conveys insights linked to the tension of its dualities - masculine and feminine, young and old, the repulsive and the alluring.

This call is for artists who incorporate these responses and tensions in their work, specifically through subversion, parody, or distortion of the body.

How does awkwardness and caricature covey another side of beauty? When we engage in looking at others, do we see aspects of ourselves? What happens when the “others” become the norm? What truths are revealed through the grotesque that is not in the ideal?