Corpus Kinetics

Curated by Zeina Assaf
July 5 through July 26, 2008
Opening reception: Saturday, July 5, 4-6pm


A video art exhibition focusing on the human body, Corpus Kinetics brings together Laura Calhoun, Robert O’Connor and Bryan Zanisnik. The three artists portray the exertions of the human body through different narratives

“The Rope” by Laura Calhoun documents the celebration of the biggest religious event in Brazil; the Cirio de Nossa Senhora de Nazare. On every second Sunday of October, around 4 o’clock AM, a rope is stretched by Our Lady’s guards and, within minutes, is held by devotees who have been waiting to begin an incredible back and forth choreography “tug-of -war” with the rope.

Robert O’Connor’s “Now Before I Melt Away” (2007), with audio by Matt Page, is a work in which the artist moves within a ubiquitous suburban Christmas decoration – a metaphor that points toward the body as the site of conflict between nature and culture.

“Sickness and Health” is part of an ongoing, collaborative series in which Bryan Zanisnik places himself in submissive roles. The video presents Zanisnik and two lifelong friends examining the relationship of dominance to passivity, male to female, and fetishization to banality.