Nov. 10, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
Curated by Laura Marsh
As explorations in emotional survival, Mottos contextualizes the work of artists who challenge social binaries and offer alternative insights about age, gender, race, and identity politics. Intended to raise social awareness and challenge pre-existing stereotypes, the exhibition offers viewers the agency to embrace one’s own body and social mission. Intended to be viewed as an immersive installation, the viewer is in the dark to process poetic gestures, fluid forms, and powerful images. The included works approach social topics with compassion, tact, and considerate cultural messages.
Ari Seth Cohen a photographer, blogger, and author who captures aging subjects as sources of inspiration and admiration. Cohen gracefully fights ageism with color and charisma in his well known blog and documentary, Advanced Style. Bernadette Despujols makes emotive sculptures that address layers of femininity, and sexual and social constructs. GeoVanna Gonzalez’s, I Think We’re Moving Too Fast, explores the body as a poetic space that is equally intellectual and sexual. Dana and Ruth Kleinman’s Mirror Mirror is a formal triptych that references the Evil Queen in Snow White, questioning historical relationships between women and social issues that are neither black nor white. Questioning the role of repetition and memorization in dictatorships, Aurora Molina imbues her tactile sculptures with arresting messages to criticise the act of brainwashing. The piece salutes the viewer when their motion is detected, triggering the sound loop representing Cuban children singing, “Seremos como el Che.” Michelle Murphy explores cosmic and scientific imagery as part of her history working for NASA and as metaphors for being an artist, parent, and organizer. Her photography explores the relationship between engineered beauty, consumption, and rebellion of socially accepted ideals. Curated together, the Mottos installation addresses body positive perspectives on age, race, and gender.