ARTWORK + DISCOURSE
A series of exhibitions with accompanying talks, seminars and workshops.
BODYSCAPES - Exploring body extremes
The human body is the entire physical and mental structure of a human organism and consists of a head, neck, torso, two arms and two legs. By the time the human reaches adulthood the body consists of close to 10 trillion cells, the basic unit of life. Groups of cells combine and work in tandem to form tissue, which combines to form organs, which work together to form organ systems. Individuals exercise the right to do with their body what they will. Those who choose to use theirs to make art do so in a wide variety of ways. The body of their work may be the work of their body. Bodyscapes brings together artists all pre-occupied by what the body can be and do. It explores the body's utilisation by artists with focus on transformation, fitness, movement and identity.
Bodyscapes is curated by Deanne Tremlett for Sherborne House Arts (SHA) and features work by artists Jordan McKenzie, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Francesca Steele and Wendy Elia.
Jordan McKenzie explores mark making as a process of mapping the body within space a way of tracing its movements and plotting its absences. His work crosses the lines of performance, drawing, installation and sculpture in seeking to explore the undecidable.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite uses her own body both as subject, medium and tool in an endeavour to uncover the connections between the body as form, process, extension and vessel. The sculptures and drawings in this show are based on the desire to move, inspired by Futurism.
Francesca Steele has recently taken on bodybuilding as part of her artistic practice, aiming to allow her body to become a vehicle to explore physical concerns in an impersonal, critical yet artistic way. She hopes to challenge and explore some stereotypical assumptions of ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’.
Wendy Elia’s confrontational work is about the exploration of extremes. Her paintings of naked and half naked women, including a pre-op transsexual man, are almost life-size - staring back at us, refusing to be passive, they confront us with our own voyeurism.
Two new artists join Bodyscapes at Weymouth
Riva Pearce is a London based artist currently focusing on a combination of painting and photography. She is interested in the ability of the human body to provoke uncertainty in the viewer.
Olu Taiwo’s work takes the form of performance, installation, film and photography. He is interested in movement; in expressing and capturing motion, the surfaces between internal and external processes of expending energy.
Bodyscapes was held at KUBE, Poole from 2 to 28 May 2009 and featured Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Jordan McKenzie, Wendy Elia and Francesca Steele.
Bodyscapes was held at Project Space @ The Mulberry Centre, Weymouth, from 3 to 31 October 2009 and featured Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Jordan McKenzie, Wendy Elia, Francesca Steele, Riva Pearce and Olu Taiwo.
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