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On View: Presence
August 12, 2022 - August 27, 2022Free
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and Residency Unlimited (RU) are pleased to present the summer group show Presence, featuring works realized by RU artists-in-residence Jakub Choma (Czech Republic), Fernanda Feher (Brazil), Hamza Kirbas (Turkey), Enxhi Mehmeti (Germany/Kosovo), and Andrew M. Mezvinsky (Austria/US).
Presence examines literal, conceptual, and metaphorical representations of the human. In Choma’s video, the human is at the limit of exhaustion in a threshold space situated between a final defeat and an opening into the realm of new possibilities. The viewer travels into a haptic delirium through wormholes, phantom tricks, and feedback loops, with quotations by Vaida Stepanovaite that respond to the cultural and political presence(s) of post-socialism.
Feher’s paintings challenge the reality of the known by transposing familiar subjects such as friends and family into unnatural and surreal settings. Here, she explores the unspoken rules of “dating” in human behavior which she humorously likens to mating dances performed by birds that she has seen in documentaries by David Attenborough.
Mehmeti explores the power within humans to deal with innocence and danger, and the hide and seek strategies resulting from this dynamic. In delicately rendered works on paper, the artist aims to reveal who is able to show face and who is not, whilst conjuring the phantastic. Mehmeti likens this endeavor to “a love letter to the underestimated.”
In his 3D animations, Kirbas evokes a society that is increasingly insensitive to the detriment of the individual. In his depictions of imaginary figures, the artist’s intention is to activate the viewers’ social identity and reflect upon their perception of themselves in relation to historical memory; in other words, their sense of belonging within a group with a common culture.
Mezvinsky addresses ethics of care by creating situations that can be seen as mini atmospheres in which everyday objects and figures are altered or detached from their natural function. In his practice, he employs labor-intensive processes that can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual, saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés, and bad jokes.