Luscious: The Body Adorned
Luscious: The Body Adorned addresses notions of beauty and adornment using the human body as a vehicle. Lauren Kalman utilizes metalsmithing as a prop for her performative photographs and videos. Deftly intertwining art and craft, Kalman’s work explores the complex relationship between body image, beauty, and consumer culture. Jon Eric Riis creates monumental tapestries that merge technical prowess with penetrating social commentary. While often featuring mythological, religious, or historical subjects, each tapestry contains culture information that is directly correlated to contemporary society. A common theme throughout Jill Wissmiller’s work is fixed desire. Often utilzing glitter-covered panels, Wissmiller's nontraditional cinema creates an environment where the spectator becomes obsessed with both the film narrative, as well as the material on which the image is projected.
Lauren Kalman, Head Wear (Tongue Gilding), 2006. Inkjet print. 35 x 23 in. Courtesy of the artist
Jill Wissmiller, The Guilding of Lily (still), 2011. Projection on glitter covered panel. 96 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist
Jon Eric Riis, Young Icarus (detail), 2013. Dipytych tapastery / woven silk and metallic thread. 34 x 78.5 in. (each). Courtesy of the artist