October 1- December 18, 2023
Limb Stories and other Bodily Extensions
Sculptural works by Ann Schnake and Selby Sohn,
in dialogue with philosopher Joseph Tanke
The exhibition has been extended until December 18,
open Fridays and Saturdays 12- 6PM
with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend:
November 22-23 we will be closed.
Flows and Durations, Ann Schnake
In this body of work by Selby Sohn and Ann Schnake, the artists push on questions of where are bodies begin, end and join each other. With limbs that extend, bodily parts remixed, and poetic prosthetics of questionable utility, they investigate destabilizing concepts of self and how to interrupt the daily claims that capital makes on the body, with an interest in recreating new flows, possibility, healing powers, and re-imagination of other subjectivities and worlds.
Ann, having been a nurse for many years, thinks about the human and collective body in somber terms, reflecting on trauma's particular ability to interrupt. Her prior work is now a phantom limb, the ethereal action of aesthetic practice born out of a physical practice. She stands at a high counter reminiscent of an operating table, suturing, carving, and constructing sculptural elements for magic rooms. Wooden spoons, interconnecting human and animal wooden limbs padded with baby socks and wrapped in string, sprouting hair and found objects, are totems, tools and chimeras. As she carves, she has an overwhelming desire to pump the honey into every room, from the artist’s studio to the county clinic to warming oceans and drying forests — or to at least feed people an empanada this month.
Ann, in all earnestness, embraces the work and presence of Selby Sohn. Selby makes objects and actions on the brink of utility. She places her work in consideration of both the tech industry’s hyperbolic usefulness and in art history’s valuing of objects without utility. Her projects involve wearable sculptures that think largely about queering use. Selby questions how by performing reality, we unhinge subjectivity. Her work has a buoyancy, mindful silliness, and lively engagement of other bodies in the wearing and playing with these tools made strange. In the subterfuge of interrupting the body and thoughts of where it begins and ends, she also provokes subterranean investigations and provocations.
All Smiles, Selby Sohn
Cows Leg, Ann Schnake
As part of our exploration of subjectivity and possibility, we began the exhibition in conversation with our resident philosopher and scholar, Joseph Tanke, visiting from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Joseph investigates worlds, and more specifically how a post continental philosophical concept of world might include embodied indigenous, eastern, feminist, queer, and trans formations. An October 1st salon with Joseph blew open many walls --- we believe it is the first of many conversations. A summary of Joseph’s talk canbe found here; with this first talk as a tremendous provocation, we are actively planning more events in the illumination of post continental worlds. Let us know if are interested in future salons or have suggestions of connected performances, talks or actions.
(sneak preview: Guillermo Gallindo, Ignacio Valero, and Ann Schnake are up to their elbows in mysticism and embodiment for a December program!)
Photographs by Julia Robertson, above Selby Sohn, Joseph Tanke and Jasmine Zhang; below Ann Schnake and Alicia Escott; Joseph & Caroline Tanke and friends
The contemporary form of exodus and the new barbarian
life demand that tools become poetic prostheses liberating us from
the conditions of modern humanity.
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Ann Schnake ArmSlingshotSpoon 2023
Anti Gravity Suit, Selby Sohn
Of note some of these photographs of works by Ann Schnake are older pieces, the carving of which contributed to the collapsing of her born shoulder. Now that she has a new prosthetic joint she is carving again and has many new works to be seen at the exhibition!