In Praise of Flesh:
The digital age has isolated humankind from our senses, making us feel a physical disconnect from our own bodies. We become unaware of the space we take up, touch-starved, or repulsed by the feel of another’s flesh. We do not live in our heads, and we are not just thoughts, despite modern attempts to desensitize ourselves from the sensations and mysteries of our living flesh.
Texture is an important, occasionally overlooked part of the human experience. It tells us a lot about the state of our bodies and our surroundings: this food is safe to eat, this fabric will keep me warm against the elements, this person’s skin is familiar and inviting. “In Praise of Flesh” celebrates the relationship of texture and the body, despite that growing division. We want to honor our physical form, its mutability and the space it takes up, by analyzing the materials we use to represent it and what they invoke.
Artists are encouraged to explore any or all types of texture (actual, simulated, abstract, invented) as it relates to the human body.
Peter Dougherty, Mia Duran, Sally Helmi, Bhakti Gundani, Jillian Keats, Amanda Konishi, Megan Klim, Emilee Lord
Sinead Macleod, Dana Majana, Amanda Thackray, and Diana Palermo
INDEX PIANO ROOM:
Anything…If you’re Brave Enough
A group exhibition exploring the possibilities of the meme that states “Anything is a dildo, if you’re brave enough”. Gathered together, these sculptures are a contemporary survey of the cultural significance of the dildo, literally and through metaphor. In this show, we may witness our desires, fears, humors, rages, and rejections mirrored in the works. While not a regular topic of discussion, dildos have ever been sought or created; there is evidence of these sex-objects from pre-historic eras. In this exhibition, I invite the artists to set the stage and the viewers to bring their curiosity, to engage together in an unusual public forum framed by the idea of the dildo.
Edwina Ball & Lucien, Anastasia Beaverhausen, Anonda Bell, Jo Boys, Chee Bravo, Fernando Carpaneda, ChaoticAttractors.com, Lesley Colis & Laurie Pettine, Susi Colin, Kate Eggleston, Egnekn, Eronin, Sonoko Fagans, Eileen Ferara, Lori Field, Kelly Green, Marco Gonzo, Jill Kastner, Rachael Borth Krehel, Ellen Some Hanauer, Morris Jurgensen, Donna Conklin King & Malinda Gianetti, LIPS, Sinéad Day MacLeod, Klaus Matthews, Brian McCormack, Erica Engfer Pizza, Joan Sonnenfeld, Sarah Stengle, Charlee Swanson, Joya Angola Thompson, RoByn Thompson, Tingle, Esmerelda Vazquez, X Lady and many more!
SIDE GALLERY: Alter to the Present
works by Vazquez
Exhibition on view thru May 2, 2019
Admission is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by our neighbors 27 Mix and Kilkenny Alehouse.
Index Art Center
237 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Gallery ph. 862-218-0278