Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ellen Curlee Gallery: Thursday, 6 September 2007

next door: Video Series
September 6 - September 20, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-9pm

The Ellen Curlee Gallery is delighted to announce its second exhibition in its Next Door Video Series, with videos by St. Louis artist Robin Assner. Fluff, 2007 will be shown in conjunction with our exhibition Cohesion: textiles + photography. Using marshmallow fluff for a metaphor for human skin and playing on their similarities, Assner examines corporeality and the contradiction of cultural priorities when it comes to an ideal body. She asks the viewer to consider his/her experiences of living in one’s skin and calls into question the physicality of one’s own space by breaking down the distinction between the body and its surroundings. Assner explores scenes where narratives are symbolic rather than literal and the mysterious undulating form, weighed down by the white sticky material, give visual form to the emotional perception of overflowing the limits of one’s skin.

Viewed from the street through the window next door to the gallery space, this series showcases video work by local, national and international artists 24 hours a day. The videos will change every two weeks. By showing video art in such a public manner, the gallery aims to heighten public interest in video work and hopes to instigate a dialogue about the individual works as well as the medium in general.

The Ellen Curlee Gallery is located at 1308-A Washington Avenue in the Washington Avenue loft district. Hours are 11am to 4pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am to 9pm on First Fridays, the first Friday of each month. Tel: (314) 241-1299


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