Antibody – Lisa Cooley
Lisa Cooley presents a group exhibition, Antibody, featuring video, photography, sculpture, and painting by Ed Atkins, Matthew Brannon, Carter, Antoine Catala, Helen Chadwick, Alice Channer, Anne Collier, Anthea Hamilton and Julie Verhoeven, Eva Kotátková, and Jochen Lempert. Antibody will circle around an absent body. This body is not solid and central. Neither is it immediate, primal and expressive, like the body in Body Art. Instead, our body is mediated and extended by technology and completely commodified. This explodes and expands the body, as well as contracting and concentrating it. Each of the artists in the exhibition proposes a particular kind of authorship and artistic identity that is mediated through technology, media, and other things in the world that flatten, objectify, and erase the body.
The idea for the exhibition arose from conversations about Helen Chadwick’s oeuvre. She destabilized the art historical idea of Body Art, where ‘the body’ is used in a primal, direct, visceral way, and conjured a more complicated idea – the body in flux, extended, mediated, free of boundaries and full of possibilities. In these unique polaroids, offal weaves around electrical apparatus, alluring yet fragmented, presaging the way that our bodies and minds are enmeshed in Fitbits and iPhones. These works employ both an unusually toxic sensuality as well as jarring formal juxtapositions, qualities shared by the artists in the exhibition.
Lisa Cooley – 107 Nortfolk Street – New York
June 28th – July 26th