David Khang, 'Mediamorphosis' 2006, Performance with live monarch butterflies, human wisdom teeth, raw beef tongue

Grotesques

Nao Bustamante, Juan ‘Cheto’ Castellano, Naufus Ramirez Figueroa, David Khang, Irene Loughlin, Natalie Loveless, Coco Rico

Main Gallery

February 23 – March 21, 2008

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Performances Saturday February 23, starting at 6:30 pm
6:30 David Khang, Untitled
6:45 Naufus Ramirez Figueroa, White Slavery in Toronto
7:15 Irene Loughlin, Mythical Grotesques
8:00 Cheto Castellano, Pies con Barro and Muddied Feet
8:45 Nao Bustamante, Given over to Want

Grotesques must be thought of as a site of experimentation, where risk is a seductive ally that pries open the aperture for possibility. In this collective exhibition, the grotesque is invoked as a realm of mutative, transitional, and transgressive potentiality. Employing a range of taboo materials, themes, and forms, the artists move beyond the expected, searching for unconventional ways into the audience’s sensorium. Through symbolic inversion, this group of artist-agents emphasize a return of the repressed, amplifying contemporary political issues that exist within our everyday experience.

BIOGRAPHIES

Nao Bustamante is an internationally acclaimed performance and video artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. She has received the Anonymous Was a Woman, NYFA, and Lambent fellowships.

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