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Resonating Bodies features new work by 6 American sculptors, curated by Shannon Stratton, founder and director of Threewalls Gallery, Chicago. In Resonating Bodies, the artists and curator seek to problematize current fashionable notions of participatory, relational and social practice in the presentation of art. This current over-emphasis on participatory art has lead to a false notion that the experience sculpture is only recently relational. Stratton views sculpture as a practice which has always been participatory, and has always demanded the audience’s presence in order to complete the artwork.
Conrad Freiburg, Jillian Soto, and Sara Black engage the audience through participatory audio installations formulated in constructed environments. Freiburg constructs large, linked organic pods throughout the galleries. With deconstructed performances taking place within each pod, Freiburg creates the opportunity for an endless variations of musical collaboration. Soto and Black present The Soap Factory’s audience with a challenge: to participate in the artwork through the creation of a large choir. Each willing participant will contribute their portion of a song, which builds into a full choir over the course of the exhibition, this layered audio highlighting the absence of the physical body.
Kelly Kaczynski is a sculptor and installation artist. Her work in Resonating Bodies consists of two constructed performance stages, each installed at a severe angle to the floor, preventing their use for any type of performance, challenging the audience to imagine their use. Judith Leeman engages the physical sculptures in Resonating Bodies in a virtual space, mediating the exhibition, not through written labels, but through performative video.
Ben Fain is a filmmaker and sculptor. For Resonating Bodies, Fain creates a large grouping of life-size folk-art sculptures, ‘Muffler Men’ built from recycled auto parts. His film, The Doors of Life, will be screened at the Trylon Cinema as a part of the exhibition. Working with non-fiction accounts, Fain teases out classic human dramas from small town and suburban America, making fantastic the stories and rumors that construct day-to-day life.
Participating artists: Sara Black & Jillian Soto, Ben Fain, Conrad Freiburg, Kelly Kaczynski, Judith Leemann