Josiah McElheny: Interactions of the Abstract Body

Josiah McElheny: Interactions of the Abstract Body
Library Shelf Location 18.MCEL
Publication Date 2012
Description If the human body has scarcely changed since we started walking upright, the history of fashion shows that we have always sought new and extraordinary ways to transform it. Through exhibitions and performances such as ‘An Historical Anecdote About Fashion’ (1999) and ‘The Metal Party’ (2001), McElheny has explored how the constantly shifting forms of fashion can often reveal the core beliefs and assumptions of any given era. With ‘Interactions of the Abstract Body’ McElheny pushed these ideas further, creating a large and varied body of work that looks at how fashion and modernism have intersected and influenced each other, especially through the common language of the body. Crucially, McElheny animated this dynamic with the constant presence of a performer. By combining a continuous flesh-and-blood performance with static sculpture in the same gallery space, a first for White Cube, McElheny radically fractures the distinction between performance and exhibition.
ISBN 9781906072766
Quantity 1
Pages 140
Author Ulrich Lehmann
Format Hardback
Publisher White Cube, London
Related Artist Josiah McElheny
Categories Sculpture, Live Art/Performance
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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