Flesh showcases four emerging Bay Area artists who explore the corporeality of the body - both animal and human - in new and startling ways. These artists reflect on the body as architecture, vessel, barrier, and cover, heightening our awareness of places both inside and outside the body’s boundaries.
Jeanne Friscia begins with close-ups of mammalian flesh - meat, fish, and poultry – and works digitally to create lavish kaleidoscopic patterns and disturbing textiles. Jenny Rosenberg molds meat into familiar compositions of childhood, adolescence, and milestone moments in human life - and death. Her work appropriates pre-existing models of photography such as the double take portrait and the baby portrait and takes them to a deeply macabre level. Heather Sparks peers into the textures of skin and hair, transforming these explorations through magnification into visions of the planetary skies. By forging a new cosmology from her own body, she collapses the boundary between interior self and outside world. Tina Wolfe also considers skin as boundary of our psychological space, demarcating the distinction between subject/self and object/other. Wolfe physicalizes this separation by transfering images of skin onto polyurethane "curtains" which hang in the gallery space, creating a liminal zone where public and private realms overlap.