Michael Joo Rodin
Ann Bridget Murphy
Sophie de Stemple Jessica
Jenny van Sommers
The Psycho exhibition involves body parts. Curated by freelance curator, artist and writer
Danny Moynihan, it will run for two months from February 10th to May 20th 2000 in Anne
Faggionato. It will be presented like a Victorian salon or curiosity cabinet, floor to ceiling,
every space utilised. The 'stuff' of the exhibition will range from 18th century anatomical,
scientific models and diagrams to expressions of the body part in art.
We are looking at the way the artist decontextualises the body part when focusing on it alone. When the artist focuses on a part of the anatomy in an artwork that body part becomes dehumanised, impersonal, abstracted from the whole. We are questioning also whether this is similar or dissimilar to the focus of the surgeon and the anatomical artist in the morgue, or even - more tenuously - to that of the serial killer who will obsess over and fetishes one particular body part. By placing all this together in the gallery space we will explore the different psychologies involved in the process of dissecting the human form.
Visually impressive, conceptually stimulating, the exhibition will combine objects of taboo and seductive beauty; that artistic or anatomical representations of body parts can elicit beauty is central to the show. The exhibition draws us into disturbing images, to those that both exhilarate and appal, those that signify mortality and the weirdness of human form, unfamiliar panoramas that most tend to flee.
Artists, contemporary and otherwise, are fascinated by the human body, both in bits and in tact. A piece or two from various artists will be exhibited haphazardly among anatomical drawings, models, odd human specimens and curiosities. Among the artists are Max Aguilera-Hellweg, Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Michael Joo, Rodin, Marc Quinn, Sarah Lucas, Joel-Peter Witkin, Robert Gober, Hans Bellmer, Andres Serrano, Helen Chadwick, Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Sue Fox, Polly Borland, Douglas Gordon, Paco Cao, Orlan, Starn Twins, Celia Paul, Kiki Smith, Ann Bridget Murphy, Emelie Salford, Victoria Halford, Annie Cattrell, Elaine Duigenan, Katerina Jebb, Jef Burton, Cecily Brown, Angus Fairhurst, Michael Craig-Martin, Sophie de Stemple, Jessica Craig-Martin, Lucien Freud, Saul Fletcher, Mona Hatoum, Barbara Hepworth, Rachel Howard, Anthony-Noel Kelly, Pierre Molinier, James Moores, Danny Moynihan, Christopher Landoni, Sue Williams, Rachel Whiteread and Jenny van Sommers.
A catalogue of essays will accompany the show. Gordon Burn, for example, reflects on the imagery of the dead bodies in art, literature and life, Jane Wildgoose looks at the changes in anatomy and dissection laws over the last five hundred years, and pathologist Alex Rice assesses the role of the post-mortem in society.
Opening hours: Tues - Fri 10-6, Sat 10-6
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