Body Talk: They Know Better
August 1 - September 27, 2015
at di Rosa, Napa, CA
This exhibition explores how technology is rapidly changing the human experience by prompting a reengagement with the corporeal. Inspired by a number of artists activating relationships between the body and the world at large, Body Talk presents works in performance, sculpture, video, and large-scale installation by six emerging Bay Area artists and artist collectives: Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully and Lana Williams) and May Wilson nod to the history of Minimalism and Process Art, engaging the language of formal abstraction to stage a corporeal encounter with the viewer. Christian and Kevin Nagler and Renée Rhodes take longstanding backgrounds in dance as points of departure for their projects which play a range of topics through the body. Similarly, Mads Lynnerup and Manners (Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé) mine the realms of fitness regimes and exercise tools to explore the static nature of art objects displayed in the museum context as well as the choreography and scripting of routine behaviors.
As we become ever more disembodied from daily life through various means of technology, Body Talk aims to locate an expanded awareness of how we might physically engage the world, using our entire bodies—not just our heads (or our iPhones)—as tools for gaining experience and knowledge.