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The Utopian Body

The Utopian Body


Everyone has a body. It is a center, an intermediary, a boundary, a point of reference that is nowhere and everywhere at once. The body is invisible yet visible, transparent yet opaque, light yet heavy. Every person has this awareness of having a body, but yet, a simultaneous ignorance of it. Teetering on this edge of these contradictions, the body becomes a utopia from which all things emanate towards the world. A person may spend their life seeking the perfection of the utopia, but why seek a utopia when you are already here, present in one? 


Here is where we find ourselvesopening our windows and looking upon the world. How do we make the world resemble our innermost thoughts, desires and dreams? Art making is a way of manifesting these inner accumulations of the body, a method of melding the utopia of the body with reality of the land surrounding the body. Artists Corinna Cowles, Stacey Holder and Sharon Madanes, through close attention and loving care on quotidian subject matter, bring forth the joy of making. The substance of the everyday is transformed into the matter of the body, whether it takes form in fantastic landscapes, pillow making, or hand washing. Through video, soft sculpture and painting, the artists of The Utopian Body seek that moment of being, the is of moment, the here. The body moves through the landscape. We are here for the present, for now.


The Utopian Body is a group exhibition curated by Anne Pagana and Kim Altomare. The exhibition features the work of Corinna Cowles, Stacy Holder and Sharon Madanes. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalog containing a forward by the curators and contributions by Mike Carroll, Joshua Francis Beaver, Evan Anders, Eva Avenue, and Olivia Menta. Catalogue imagery and window gallery installation space features work by Brigid Wallace.


Please join us at New Boone for the opening of The Utopian Body on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 7 to 10 pm. A preview of the show will be held on Thursday, November 3 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Gallery hours will be held on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Below are two readings that influenced the content and structure of the curatorial process:

Agua Viva - Clarice Lispector

The Utopian Body - Foucault

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