The Moment Pleasantly Frightful
08 Jul - 26 Aug 2011
Curated by Chris Sharp
Martin Soto Climent, Michel Francois, Jean-Luc Moulene, Michael E. SMITH and Johannes Vogl
8 July - 26 August, 2011
The Moment Pleasantly Frightful is a group exhibition featuring the work of five artists of varying backgrounds and generations. The work presented is united by virtue of its potential to erotically and drolly evoke the body without literally representing it. The intensely and often uncomfortably material character of these objects and images tends to engender a subtle and disjunctive tension with the presence of the viewer, generating a heightened awareness of the sensuous self in the space. Marked by a lubricious humor, deadpan wit, and enigmatic import, the combination of these works puts up a healthy resistance to language and more discursive modes of art making, and as such seeks to appeal to more primordial aspects of the mind, activating its erogenous zones and nerve centers. Thus in a discourse-saturated art world does this exhibition promise to produce a novel, thoroughly corporeal and idiosyncratically erotic viewing experience.