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Out of Body: Emanations and Landscapes

The centerpiece for this exhibition is Susan Meiselas’ photograph, Cuesta Del Plomo. The photographs in the exhibition explore several themes, including the metaphysical, the sublime, the grotesque and the spiritual. These works all deal, in one way or another, with mind, body and landscape, either metaphorically—as vessels, memories—or literally—as documents. Bringing together these works, the exhibition investigates the complex ideas and emotions associated with specific places or kinds of places (such the bucolic hillside in Meiselas’ photograph, or the autopsy table in Joel-Peter Witkin’s Corpus Medius) with visual representations of the spiritual and the ethereal (such as Christopher Bucklow’s The Guest and ectoplasm in Albert Von Schrenck-Notzing’s spirit photograph Emission and Resorption Of An Ectoplasmic Substance Through The Mouth). These different ideas and works interact, to create a sense of nostalgia and compassion in the viewer, rather than to shock or repulse. The show intends to assert a particular universality in the human condition, in memory, and in art-making.






















































































Cuesta Del Plomo, Susan Meiselas, 1978
Cuesta Del Plomo, Susan Meiselas, 1978
 
Untitled (Screen Test 1), Arthur Ou, 2007
Untitled (Screen Test 1), Arthur Ou, 2007
 
Entrance, Bryan Graf, 2008
Entrance, Bryan Graf, 2008
 
Emanation, Anselm Kiefer,1984-85
Emanation, Anselm Kiefer,1984-85
 
Photographs Of Auras (4 Polaroids), Daniele Laurent, 1970's
Photographs Of Auras (4 Polaroids), Daniele Laurent, 1970's
 
Guest [C.B.] 4:54 p.m., 20th August 1995, Christopher Bucklow
Guest [C.B.] 4:54 p.m., 20th August 1995, Christopher Bucklow
 
The Medium Stanislawa P.: Emission And Resorption Of An Ectoplasmic Substance Through The Mouth, Albert Schrenck-Notzing, 1913
The Medium Stanislawa P.: Emission And Resorption Of An Ectoplasmic Substance Through The Mouth, Albert Schrenck-Notzing, 1913
 
Untitled Twins (Joined), Dan Estabrook, 1993
Untitled Twins (Joined), Dan Estabrook, 1993
 
No title given, from the series
No title given, from the series "Nudes And Smoke," David Lynch
 
fig. 4 (turn) Chromogenic paper, scratched, Marco Breuer, 2007
fig. 4 (turn) Chromogenic paper, scratched, Marco Breuer, 2007
 
No title given, from the series
No title given, from the series "Antietam," Sally Mann, 2003
 
Ice (Study # 2), Susan Derges, 1996
Ice (Study # 2), Susan Derges, 1996
 
Travel Picture Marshes [Tachaikowskistrasse 17 in multiple exposures (LAXFRATHF/TXLCPHSEALAX) March 27- April 3, 2006], Walead Beshty, 2006
Travel Picture Marshes [Tachaikowskistrasse 17 in multiple exposures (LAXFRATHF/TXLCPHSEALAX) March 27- April 3, 2006], Walead Beshty, 2006
 
Corpus Medius, Joel-Peter Witkin, 2000
Corpus Medius, Joel-Peter Witkin, 2000
 




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fasinslastday
Nov. 23rd, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
fasin learned
on first glance i thought that some images were stronger than others in expressing the overarching themes of this exhibition. such as Joel-Peter Witkin's or sally mann's images that speak to me very clearly about the body and landscape as vessels of time, spaces of memory, whereas the ectoplasm and aura images at first were more difficult to read because the imagery was so specific.

however upon a second reading of the intro and a closer look at the selected images, i found that all the images are threaded carefully together, very well chosen, and the specificity of the content does not matter so much as does the theme it expresses and how clearly it is expressed.

after that rehashing of my reading i really enjoy this show very much. !
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