BODACIOUSSSS WILL RUN AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – JANUARY 29, 2017.
WORKS BY: TRUDY BENSON, DARA BIRNBAUM, CAROLINE DAVID, AOIFE DUNNE, TRAVIS EGEDY, SESSA ENGLUND, DON FODNESS, AARON GARBER-MAIKOVSKA, KIM GORDON, HANSKI, KEITH HARING, PARKER ITO, KYTTEN JANAE, MIKE MCDONNELL, JAYSON MUSSON, ALEXANDER PAGE, GARY PANTER, POSE, OWVBICS, SOMETHING BY SOMEONE, PETER SUTHERLAND, KATIE TORN, KYLE WARFIELD
BODACIOUSSSS IS A GROUP EXHIBITION OF APPROXIMATELY 15 ARTISTS AT VARIOUS STAGES OF THEIR CAREERS. THE EXHIBITION AIMS TO CAPTURE THE FLUID NATURE OF TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ARTISTIC CAREERS, HIGHLIGHTING PRACTICES THAT ARE NOT ONLY CHANGING THE DEFINITION OF ART BUT ALSO THE WAYS IT IS PRODUCED AND CONSUMED. THE EXHIBITION CENTERS ON ARTISTS WHO MOVE BETWEEN DISPARATE ARENAS: BETWEEN DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL, DIY AND FINE ART, FINE ART AND COMMERCIAL, TRADITIONAL AND ALTERNATIVE VENUES, MUSEUMS AND MOBILE PHONES. FREEING THEMSELVES FROM THE GRAVITAS OF CONVENTIONAL DISPLAY, MANY ARTISTS IN BODACIOUSSSS BALANCE CULTURAL-INTELLECTUAL CONCERNS WITH DELIBERATE CHILD-LIKE PLAYFULNESS AND ABSURDITY. THE ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION SHARE BOTH AWARENESS OF AND DISREGARD FOR THE RULES THAT HAVE DEFINED ARTISTIC PRACTICE IN GENERATIONS PAST.
THE EXHIBITION LENDS ITSELF TO A LARGE NUMBER OF WOMEN ARTISTS SINCE WOMEN ARTISTS HAVE HISTORICALLY WORKED IN PERIPHERAL SPACES. AND, AS A NEW FRONTIER, THE DIGITAL ARENA HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE TO ARTISTS SEEKING TO GET OUTSIDE SPHERES OF HISTORICAL PRIVILEGE. THIS EXHIBITION ALSO PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IS COMMONLY CALLED "POST-INTERNET" ART BY CONTEXTUALIZING YOUNGER, DIGITAL ARTISTS WITH ARTISTS OF EARLIER GENERATIONS WHO PIONEERED DIY, INFORMAL, AND HYBRID STYLES OF ART-MAKING.
Eternal Returns - July 2016
WORKS BY: CHRISTINE NAVIN, SHAWN TAYLOR, NORA TURATO, MICHAEL BHICHITKUL, JUSTIN JAMES SEHORN
The works in this exhibition highlight a tension between the concept of eternal return and the singularity of each human’s perception and experience. Disillusionment and self-involvement can be frightening. Even though we might understand that we are made of particles and waves, and that such wave function implies a super-connectedness of the individual, it is still difficult to perceive. And yet, here we are, human bodies moving through space and time in ways we can’t fully comprehend, for reasons we don’t understand, eternally.
Zora Neale Hurston wrote that “nothing that God ever made is the same thing to more than one person. That is natural.” But what of the things that we create? What truly differentiates the objects and representations that we create in real or digital space? The limits of our perception dictate that we only ‘live’ in this perceivable world of objects and representations, and these things are the things we consider as natural. We are the product of our collective evolution, as bodies and as minds, yet differ so widely on how we dilute that information and pursue that evolution.
Consumerism and digital culture are often blamed for a perceived shallowness, incoherence, and self-imposed ignorant bliss. Many of the artists in this show use objects as a language without directly addressing their consumer origin, placing them in cultural and existential limbo. Art making itself is primarily object based - but as our digital and physical worlds collide, the lines that differentiate what an object is and what a representation is become less clear, as does our understanding of our interactions with these objects and their meaning.
Each artist on view here grapples with this tension in their work. They are tied together by an acute sense of amor fati (a Latin phrase loosely translated as "love of one's fate") and they have reacted to these existential, material quandaries with humor, authenticity and honesty.