We Just Fit, You and Ii is a group exhibition that probes the boundaries between bodies and architecture. Featuring Michelle Lopez, Sondra Perry, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Michael E. Smith, each artist looks to contemporary technology, unexpected material behavior, and architecture as primary means by which to re-articulate the human form.
Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Exhibition dates: Oct 19, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Thu, Oct 19, 6:30–7:30 pm Michelle Lopez’s site-specific performance, Fictitious Pivot, will take place on the ramp of the Carpenter Center
Gallery Hours: 12–6, Wed–Sun
Related event: Fri, Oct 20, 11 am: Gallery Talk: We Just Fit, You and I with artists Michelle Lopez and Sondra Perry
Free and open to the public
Underscoring the corporeal metaphors embedded in the Carpenter Center building, artworks deploy sound, video, sculpture, and scent throughout the space to redefine what and can constitute bodily presence. The installations on view both pay homage to and critique the building’s design, including Le Corbusier’s “Modulor,” the figure-based proportional system used to dictate the building’s dimensions, as well as the “lungs” of the lobe-shaped studio spaces that line the central ramp. As artists and historians have noted, the “Modulor Man” (1945) while a deeply humanist endeavor, is based on the exclusionary proportions of a six-foot European male. Reflecting upon this program today, prompts questions about the kind of bodies that define public space, as well as the subjectivities that shaped Modernist architecture and our own subjective experiences with those spaces.
iThank you to philosopher Robin Mackay for this title, a lyric from Carly Rae Jepson’s song Super Natural, quoted in his essay “Hyperspastic-Supernormal” in Our Product: Pamela Rosenkranz, edited by Susanne Pfeffer, Koenig Books (2017).