The Body is Sacrament

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Open: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040, Vienna, Austria
Open: Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm


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The Body is Sacrament

to Sat 8 Oct 2022

Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040 The Body is Sacrament

Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm


Curated by KJ Freeman

The Body is Sacrament is an investigation into the East vs West dichotomy as a paradigm that supports imperialism and nationalism. Placing together the works of four American artists – Calli Roche, Catalina Ouyang, Harry Gould Harvey, and Nathaniel Oliver – this show will explore the way in which hierarchical social structures, such as class, race, gender, and ability, systematically divorce certain Americans from their own Western identity.

Artworks

Ballistic head wrap, 2022

21 layers of Kevlar, silk and nylon
20 x 20 x 30 cm
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Maslow Portal, 2022

Pine, leather, rice, brass
30 x 30 x 30 cm
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Mile Marker 496, 2022

Reclaimed wood, assorted metal
7 x 7 x 91 cm
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Force of will (dog self), 2021

Epoxy clay, wood, steel, paper pulp, beeswax, dog skull, horse hair, children’s fleece sweater, plaster, white ribbed tank top, stop loss trap, resin, dragonfruit husks
200 x 15 x 88 cm
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The Passion, 2021

Steel, marble stolen from the Skull and Bones Society, horse radius, oil paint
85 x 25 x 45 cm
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ART SAVES, 2021

Charred Black Walnut from The Newport Mansions, beeswax, charcoal and colored pencil on archival matboard and MDF
33.66 x 16.51 x 5.4 cm
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Erythronium Americanum, 2020

Charcoal and colored pencil on paper, MDF, Black Walnut from the Newport Mansions
26.67 x 16.51 x 5.72 cm
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Seraphim Blinded In A World Ablaze, 2020

Black Walnut from the Newport Mansions, reclaimed zebra wood, MDF, Colored pencil and charcoal on paper
30.48 x 16.51 x 5.08 cm
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Through Thick & Thin, 2022

Oil on Canvas
91.4 x 172.2 x 4 cm
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At the same time, however, the East provides no relief for such marginalized people. The Body is Sacrament will dig deeper at this geographical and cultural binary in order to understand the ways in which the East, as well as the West, becomes an oppressive construct that serve to maintain control over citizens of nation states. The East gets rendered as the esoteric opposite of the West, in which the sacred is treated as science. In turn, the West enforces a seemingly empirical ethics of the enlightenment.

By exploring these ideas, KJ Freeman is interested in searching for solace beyond the confines and indoctrination of Western ethics. Elements of sadomasochism that prop these systems at large seep into the works of Calli Roche and Catalina Ouyong. These artists’ use of leather, fabric, wax and discarded ephemera signal a cathartic purge that transform raw material into biblical-like relics. Harry Gould Harvey’s constellation of systems of divinity echo these sentiments, while Nathaniel Oliver’s attention to Creole deities and Afro-futurist imagery, paints the architecture of jazz as a sonic practice that is at once mathematical and mythical, deeply rooted in ancient African spiritual practices that predate the problematic division of the globe. KJ’s approach to curation is holistic and driven by an overarching need to frame and highlight the unseen.

KJ Freeman (b. 1992) is an artist and curator who was born and raised in New York City. KJ started HO SING gallery in 2017 to provide a space for Black and brown artists, especially those who have been historically excluded from the art world. KJ tackles identity formation and deconstructs normative structures through her curatorial practice. In 2021, KJ received the Armory’s Gramercy International Prize for experimental New York based galleries. KJ has also spoken at the LISTE art fair and has been a fellow in the New Museum Seminars.

Installation View: The Body Is Sacrament, curated by KJ Freeman, 2022, credits: Simon Veres


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