5 Mercer St., NYC 10013
On View: May 18, 2012 – July 31, 2012
(Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Weekends by Appointment Only)
VPL and Vara Fine Arts are pleased to present Second Skin, an exhibition and book co-curated by Victoria Bartlett and Renée Vara, at VPL, 5 Mercer Street (at Howard Street).
Second Skin includes works by David Armstrong, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Mark Borthwick, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Judith Eisler, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Katerina Jebb, John Giorno, Sarah Lucas, Joe Maloney, Adam McEwen, Jessica Mitrani, Jack Pierson, Ugo Rondinone, and Collier Schorr.
Second Skin is a two-part conceptual project that surveys Bartlett’s fascination with muscular anatomy and human skin. As often evident in her own designs, Bartlett explores the concepts of corporal dissection, examination and re-assemblage. The compilation of images, which make up the book and the group show, represents the collective consciousness about the contemporary body.
For the publication of INPUT #4: Second Skin, artists were invited to blindly contribute up to six works contemplating corporeality. The curators loosely mimic the Surrealists’ Exquisite Corpse game by assembling the individual artists’ submissions into a singular “body” of work. Covered in latex and subject to touch, wear and decay, the book offers itself as a metaphor for the contemporary body. INPUT#4 (Summer 2012) is a limited edition publication of 150 copies, with art direction by Berger & Wild and an introductory essay by Chris Townsend.
INPUT is an avant-garde nonprofit journal founded in 2009. The journal seeks to preserve the book form as a space for artistic experimentation and collaboration in the field of art publishing. For each limited edition, a guest art director is invited to approach the space of the book in a curatorial fashion. INPUT has been featured at the New York Art Book Fair, The Armory Show and Printed Matter.www.inputjournal.org
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Special thanks to all participating artists for their contributions.
Additional thanks to 303 Gallery, Adria Di Marco, Anheuser-Busch, Cheim & Read Gallery, Christine Cottone, Elisabet Davids, Gaby Shorr, Gladstone Gallery, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Kendall Nash, Kubat & Billot, Liz Kim, Magnus Berger, Mattias Herold, Nathaniel Wojtalik, Opici Wines, Proof7, Sadie Coles Gallery, Tenzin Wild