We Just Fit, You and I
Michael E. Smith, Untitled, 2017 (still). Digital video. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, NY
Pamela Rosenbranz, Amazon (Sing to my Water, Sky, and Leafage), 2016. LED lighting strips, Amazon Echo smart speakers. Courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York.
Sondra Perry, blender flesh ball (screen capture), Resident Evil, 2016. 3D animation created with Blender open-source software,
We Just Fit, You and Ii is a group exhibition that probes the boundaries between bodies and architecture. Featuring Michelle Lopez, Sondra Perry, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Michael E. Smith, each artist looks to contemporary technology, unexpected material behavior, and architecture as primary means by which to re-articulate the human form.
Underscoring the corporeal metaphors embedded in the Carpenter Center building, artworks deploy sound, video, sculpture, and scent throughout the space to redefine what and can constitute bodily presence. The installations on view both pay homage to and critique the building’s design, including Le Corbusier’s “Modulor,” the figure-based proportional system used to dictate the building’s dimensions, as well as the “lungs” of the lobe-shaped studio spaces that line the central ramp. As artists and historians have noted, the “Modulor Man” (1945) while a deeply humanist endeavor, is based on the exclusionary proportions of a six-foot European male. Reflecting upon this program today, prompts questions about the kind of bodies that define public space, as well as the subjectivities that shaped Modernist architecture and our own subjective experiences with those spaces.
We Just Fit, You and I is organized by guest curator Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator, Tufts University Art Galleries and former John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Interim Director, CCVA.
Exhibition support is generously provided by Swissnex and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
iThank you to philosopher Robin Mackay for this title, a lyric from Carly Rae Jepson’s song Super Natural, quoted in his essay “Hyperspastic-Supernormal” in Our Product: Pamela Rosenkranz, edited by Susanne Pfeffer, Koenig Books (2017).