Nicky Ginsberg, President of Chippendale Creative Precinct and Director of Kensington Contemporary is delighted to present the third instalment of cutting edge visual technologies and vibrant ideas from our partners over the road at the UTS School of Design. Join us Thursday 5th October 6- 8pm at Kensington Contemporary to welcome Alyssa Choat and Lin Wei’s PHENOMENAL BODIES to our space on Kensington Street.
PHENOMENAL BODIES is a joint exhibition between Alyssa Choat and Lin Wei, exploring the human body and its form. Underpinning both sets of work are the concepts visual ambiguity and the uncanny, achieved through a variety of photographic and spatial techniques.
Alyssa Choat’s ‘Collapsed Bodies’ 2017, explores the disobedience and vitality of materials when moved by the body through digital film and photographic stills. In these works, Choat attempts to create a figure/s in the work that are visually ambiguous by employing contact improvisation techniques to generate abstract movement and interaction with materials and other bodies by the performers. Documentation of these performances are reproduced to create multi-media assemblages, translucent, collapsing and reclining on bowed metal scaffolds that act as ‘body’ figures. The falling of the silicone images onto metal scaffolding highlights the inquiry into the relationship performing bodies have with other materials in both live and filmed contexts, as well as exploring notions of weight exchange and drape.
Lin Wei’s series ‘Seeing through the Mirror’ 2017 engages sensory understanding and interpretation of the human figure, exploring distortions of the body that contain traces of the unfamiliar. The fictitious manifestation of the human form challenges perceptual boundaries through the appearance of the strangely familiar yet ambiguous forms. The final photographs are free of post production manipulation. Wei’s process employs the use of technical shadows, lighting and reflection to disguise recognisable aspects of the body and illuminate fictitious bodies that transgress the boundaries of real flesh.
Choat is an Associate Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Technology Sydney. Recently she exhibited internationally as part of the Critical Costume exhibition at Helsinki, Finland. Alyssa’s work is an in-depth, visual enquiry into identity, gender and the body, through the use of concealment of the body as a tool for engaging with notions of the gaze. Operating within image making practices, artefact generation and performance, the body works are within a creative practice that is at the crossover between speculative artistic performance in which performative practices of fashion, costume and performance art converge and cross over into a speculative enquiry on the body representation and identity.
Lin Wei is a photomedia artist based in Sydney who has exhibited both nationally and internationally since 2011. Wei completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Technology Sydney in Photography and Situated Media. In 2016 she exhibited at Jarvis Dooney Galerie (Berlin, Germany, 2016) and the 8th Annual Nude at MANIFEST Gallery (Ohio, USA, 2016). Wei is interested in dealing with transformational body iterations that question the stable and physical nature of the body by exploring various techniques in which the human body can be distorted through the lens. Her work explores the notion of the Uncanny in the tradition of the Surrealists by defamiliarising the familiar and evoking strange impressions of the body that affect human sensibility.
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