Exhibition dates: February 16 – March 31, 2018
with an opening reception February 16, 6 – 9 pm
Artist talk March 16, 6 – 8 pm
Lauren Kalman’s Icons of the Flesh is comprised of two series
of work, Embodiers and Avatars, that visualize the body in ways
that promote positive identification with anatomy and sexuality.
Works in the Embodiers series are described as badges, collars,
and buttons, rather than necklaces or brooches, allusions to
wearable communication devices as seen in military use or
in political movements. The Avatars series is comprised of miniature
mask-like forms that reference larger wearable masks, pop-culture
cartoons, and magic objects like voodoo dolls or icons. These are
talismanic forms conjuring power through the abstracted representation
of the human face. The symbols in Icons of the Flesh are signs or
abstractions that point toward the body and prompt the viewer to
question the complicated process of identity building.