The Body Metonymic: International Contemporary Sculpture
January 11 - March 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11 6-8PM
Curated by: Dick Goody
Oakland University Art Gallery is delighted to announce The Body Metonymic, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture by twelve international artists: David Altmejd, Folkert de Jong, Lonnie Holley, Chris Jones, Fabienne Lasserre, Martin McMurray, Matthew Monahan, Martha Mysko, Michelle Segre, Shinique Smith, William Stone, and Johannes VanDerBeek.
Contemporary sculpture has an unexpectedly raw integrity, fueled by an unabashed use of non-tradition materials and an overt conceptuality. Asserting itself viscerally, in ways that mediated art forms like painting cannot, each object’s signification is direct and metonymic.
Never mere replicas of depicted subject matter, the works in this exhibition embody a schema, a reformation, or a reconstruction of their subject. Distilled figures, structures or physiques, they stand for the conceptual intent of using a compound number of objects to create a whole, singular work.
The Body Metonymic personifies the idea of a short-cut equivalency, that is to say, the presence of a more direct or rapid entry point to each work’s ideological position – this in comparison, say, to mimetic realism. The “body” aspect is relational and refers to the human scale of the work.
Elementally, these artists dissect the subtleties of mass and volume and stand diametrically opposed to pomp and circumstance of epic monolithic sculpture. Their powerful metonymic forms take us directly to the heart of each artist’s emotional and intellectual intent, in works that are democratizing, unembellished, and universally engaging.
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