A.K. Burns & Katherine Hubbard, Johanna Breiding, Leidy Churchman, Harry Dodge, Aimee Goguen, Matthew Page Greene, Naotaka Hiro, Benny Merris, Litia Perta, Jam Rostron, Tschabalala Self, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Sarah Zapata
Performances by keyon gaskin, Dylan Mira, laub & Jennifer Moon, and Bashir Naim
September 17, 2016—October 29, 2016
Opening: Saturday, September 17, 6-9pm
The opening will feature a performance by Bashir Naim with Paula Pinho Martins Nacif at 8pm.
LAXART is pleased to present Protuberances, an exhibition and event series curated by Catherine Taft and Jess Arndt.
My humanness is a series of animal, intuitive maneuvers. At other times I/we/you feel prosthetic, alien, apart from. Protuberances is a curatorial collaboration comprised of a series of linked stories/utterances/limbs/material investigations probing "the body" (whatever that might mean) at its outer and inner limits, its sensorial stretch marks, its psychic and physical frontiers.
Protuberance: a thing that protrudes from something else, the act or state of protruding.
Protuberances, as we're imagining them here, are experiments (linguistic, spatial, time-based, and otherwise) that push at recognizable forms. What do silicone appendages (that literally get stuck onto the body) mean—not only to trans persons but to the porousness or non-porousness of all bodies? How does the psyche engage with shape? What if assembling makeshift, sensate anatomies is not impossibly hard but easy? Or what if some days we experience our bodies as formally different than other days, without any external changes at all? What does it mean for artists to prod each other’s mediums? Bump asses in a room? What's the body of a show? What about corporealization vs the corporation?
Tuber: truffle, lump, hump, to swell (see thigh) or bulge, thick underground stem.
We are moved by humor and jousts, are most interested in what sticks out, what doesn’t fit, what’s ugly, the elephant in the room, labors, maskings, the room in the elephant, prosthetics, bulbous thought, our own interspecies-ness, language that has shape, whose purpose is to take shape, 3-D onomatopoeia, turbid uncategorizable distention—WRIT LARGE.
Special thanks to Shirley Morales, Robert Shiell, and Erick Anguiano of Letter Cat Sign Co.
Founded in 2005, LAXART is Los Angeles’ leading independent contemporary art space supporting artistic and curatorial freedom. The organization is committed to producing newly commissioned works of art, to present experimental exhibitions, public art initiatives, and publications with emerging, mid-career and established local, national and international artists.
LAXART’s programs are produced with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Getty Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Pasadena Art Alliance; and The Stratton-Petit Foundation
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