2016 artist: body
This Installation at the Lexington Art League Gallery in Kentucky, plays on the gap or space in between what we know and what we think we know and how we reconcile that. The play of perception especially in terms of the self.
About 300 pounds of of trademarked black forbidden rice initially cultivated in 150 BC for the Ching and Ming Dynasty in China. The rice was praised for its health benefits and was reserved for royalty only. If you were found eating or taking it and you were not royalty you were punished severely. Currently, the rice is known as a superfood and has a higher density of nutritional and mineral content.
"Artist: Body takes the concept of a figure show and translates it through the lens of the self-portrait in contemporary art. A compelling survey of the artists’ image of themselves, Robson states, “Throughout the ages, images of the human body have been used by artists, often to explore allegory, beauty and sexuality. Time has witnessed many shifts in the way the body is portrayed and in recent decades, influenced by contemporary thinking and the availability of different visual technologies, artists have increasingly employed themselves as both the subject and object of their works.”
-Julien Robson, Curator
Among others, Artist: Body includes works by Louis Zoellar Bickett, John Coplans, Julius Deutschbauer, Bryce Hudson, Thaniel Ion Lee, Gabriel Martinez, Annette Messager, Cynthia Norton, Cindy Sherman, Xaviera Simmons, Kiki Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Hannah Wilke, and Sam Taylor Wood.