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Shabby But Thriving

2017
New Museum

Installation view

Installation view from Shabby But Thriving, 2017. Mixed media, dimensions variable.

Shabby But Thriving, explores the subjugation and agency of various bodies. It consists of a two-channel video, titled Living Room (2017), staged within a multi room installation including sculptures and environmental interventions. The sculptural objects augment and animate Living Room’s narrative in a stripped and gutted couch outfitted with under-glow, cast bags of dirt embedded with (Felix Gonzalez-Torres-esque) foil candies, and a carpet soiled during the couch demolition. In the second room, a brightly lit corridor beyond the incomplete drywall partition/screens are a series of works that draw attention to the details and edges of the  space using symbolic materials from the video—such as fishing lures, pennies, newspapers and a shirt with the text ‘NO’ printed on it.

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Corporeal Soil, 2017. Topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

 

Couchshell

A Skeleton Reclining, 2017. Wood, studs, metal coils, plastic webbing, underglow, topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

 

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A Skeleton Reclining, 2017. Wood, studs, metal coils, plastic webbing, underglow, topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

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Installation view of Shabby But Thriving, 2017.

 

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Corporeal Soil, 2017. Topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

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Fly, 2017. Feathers, steel wire, roofing tar.

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Installation view of Shabby But Thriving, 2017.

 

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Lure, 2017. Feathers, fish hook, pennies, metal bead, swivels, roofing tar, plastic bottle, fishing line, concrete-hydrocal mix, neon cord, dimensions variable.

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Lure, 2017. Feathers, fish hook, pennies, metal bead, swivels, roofing tar, plastic bottle, fishing line, concrete-hydrocal mix, neon cord, dimensions variable.

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Corporeal Soil, 2017. Topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

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Corporeal Soil, 2017. Topping soil, foil-wrapped hard candy, resin.

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No Relief, 2017. T-shirt with silkscreen text, latex paint.

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No Relief, 2017. T-shirt with silkscreen text, latex paint.

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Post Times (drop open), 2017. Newspaper, steel brackets.

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Post Times (drop open), 2017. Newspaper, steel brackets.

The Resource Center—a hybrid exhibition, study, and pedagogical space adjacent to the main gallery—offers a variety of modes for understanding and utilizing energies of the burdened body, taking cues from reading rooms, the gym, a scream room, spaces of respite and listening. A punching bag, installed in the space for visitors’ use, speaks to the ways in which bodies process shock, psychic and physical trauma, grief, and rage in the face of political extremism. The Resource Center also includes theoretical texts and artists writings on these subjects, a listen station of musicians who have use vocals to explore bodily thresholds, tissues (for tears) and free tampons.

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