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Thursday, April 20, 2017
VICTORI + MO Presents: Alex Ebstein: 'Fad Bodies' (Brooklyn, NY)
VICTORI + MO Presents:
Alex Ebstein, Portal 2, 2016,
Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Acrylic Enamel and Twine on Wood Panel, 36’"x 24"
Courtesy of the artist and VICTORI + MO
Alex Ebstein: Fad Bodies
April 28, 2017 - June 4, 2017
VICTORI + MO is pleased to present Fad Bodies, an exhibition of new mixed media constructions from Alex Ebstein, opening April 28, 2017 and on view through May 28, 2017. Fad Bodies
builds on the artist’s series of large-scale yoga mat sculptural
abstractions and introduces two freestanding mixed media sculptures
consisting of tables displaying Yoni Eggs, a gemstone meditation egg for
women. For the first time, Ebstein is presenting her work as an
installation, creating a tangible environment where in which her 2D
pieces can exist. Covering the gallery floor with yoga mats and
installing ballet bars as functionless accents to the space, discipline
and perfection become part of a larger branded aesthetic.
Reflecting a progressive shift in the artist's overall practice, this
installation features abstractions sourced from the body and
demonstrates a gradual separation from her intimate relationship with
paper and small-scale drawings. Subsequent to her diagnosis of glaucoma
and the multiple surgeries to save her vision that followed, Ebstein
had an artificial lens placed in her eyes resulting in long-term vision
aberrations that landed her somewhere between near and far sightedness.
This was the catalyst for her work becoming increasingly tactile.
Ebstein’s wall-bound pieces, presented as painting, are made with
hand-cut yoga mats and powder-coated aluminum forms bolted to the
image’s picture plane. Gaps between the pieces of mat reveal the
painting beneath the collaged surface and emphasize the imperfect
presence of the hand.
The exhibition's main sculptural assemblage, ceramic pieces presented on
tile topped tables made by the artist, hold Yoni Eggs. These nest-like
display structures investigate the aesthetics of marketing accessory
and adornment -- superfluous objects associated with the body.
An additional side effect of glaucoma, Ebstein found she could no longer
practice yoga. The move to mats as material in her pieces started as a
physical act of separation. Acting as a synthetic proxy for the body,
the pieces participate in a consideration of the body in design, a
simultaneous absence/presence of functionality and the standard assumed
proportions it serves. Ultimately Fad Bodies creates an analog
to spaces hyper-tuned to the body, like the gym, sauna or dance studio,
yet one devoid of utility. They suggest bodies on display even as they
are not present.
About Alex Ebstein
Alex Ebstein is an artist, curator, and critic based in Baltimore,
MD. She received her BA in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2007 and a
MFA from Towson University in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in solo
shows at Cuevas Tilleard in New York, NY and Futta Gallery in Rome,
Italy. Recent group exhibitions include The Shared Patio at Greenpoint
Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; After Image at Loyal Gallery in
Stockholm, Sweden; Jade at Central Park in Los Angeles, CA; and Implicit
Horizon at Mixed Greens in New York, NY.
About VICTORI + MO
VICTORI + MO is a contemporary art gallery located in Bushwick, Brooklyn
dedicated to developing and presenting emerging artists. Founded by Ed
Victori and Celine Mo in 2014, the gallery has consistently served as a
platform for artistic experimentation centered on supporting
collaborative efforts to realize novel and ambitious projects, providing
artists the freedom to transform the gallery to create immersive
environments. VICTORI + MO’s program focuses on storytelling at the
intersection of personal, social, and political narratives, promoting
empathetic experiences that are relevant to life in an increasingly
globalized community. In addition to nurturing artists and mounting
exhibitions, the gallery also functions as a center for rigorous
intellectual exchange, hosting dialogues, lectures, and other community
activities. VICTORI + MO aims to transcend geographic and cultural
boundaries by creating dialogue not only between the artists and the
public, but across generations.