MARCH 4TH - MARCH 8TH
CURATED BY COREY OBERLANDER AND LINDSEY STAPLETON
SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW DURING ARMORY WEEK | SKYLIGHT AT MOYNIHAN STATION
Annulus, a three-artist exhibition curated by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, presents a collection of work that denotes a transaction of manipulated information between academic and artist, with a focus on brain science research.
Artists Jodie Mim Goodnough, Leah Piepgras and Steven Pestana use select scientific material to inform their creative practice. Repeatedly drawing from the same source material, they re-investigate, re-articulate and re-purpose their personal mythos, resulting in a multifaceted and unique output.
The large format photographs by Jodie Mim Goodnough are a product of her on-going interest in gender roles in psychiatry and mental illness. Specifically, she is interested in the notion of a physiognomy of insanity as expressed through historical imagery of women in mental institutions. She came across a series of artistic studies by Dr. Paul-Ferdinand Gachet, who documented many of his female patients in states of discomfort and unrest. These drawings were used to create supposed case studies of the postures of the insane. However, the drawings are gestural and ambiguous, appearing instead to Goodnough as dancing women. She worked closely with professional and amateur dancers, photographing them as they moved through the poses in the drawings, investigating the nature of Gachet’s women. The resulting images attempt to convey uncertainty more than definition, as part of Goodnough investigation of “dangerous emotions” through new manifestations of old classifications.
The pieces presented by Steven Pestana are part of his larger body of work, Metaphysics. Revisiting Early Modern Scientific and Hermetic imagery, Metaphysics reappraises the history of how we understand our place in, and connection to, the universe. At each step, history, process, and concept feed back into one another; a complex system subtly evolving, leaving artifacts born of the inherent limitations of content, medium, and the artist’s own role in the process. Craft-based techniques seamlessly meld with next generation technologies, uniting traditional wood and metalwork, casting, and analogue media alongside electronics, digital rendering, and fabrication.
Leah Piepgras is informed by fringe brain science research: specifically Stanley Koren’s God-Brain Helmet, Jill Bolte-Taylor’s book My Stroke of Insight, and the coastline paradox, ultimately extrapolating that we have the ability to see more than what is visible, if we know how to look. Piepgras believes that the act of self-reflection is part of the primal urge to deeply understand our inner and outer surroundings. Through drawing, sculpture and installation, she supplies the viewer with tools to deconstruct and reassess the relationship to the self, while examining a connection to a greater physical experience.
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