Body Farm Press Release

 

PARADICE PALASE is pleased to present Body Farm, their second show as a month-long online iteration to accompany a one-night experience on August 24th. 

How far does decomposition go before you can no longer rec {ognize something? How far can something be warped and still we can identify? Consider a body farm, a place of whittling away, and a place of discovery and knowledge in that destruction. Each artist in the show is exploring a part of their culture or heritage through these acts. Whether utilizing the internet as the palette or virtual reality as the chisel, this group of artists embraces the digital within their practice. Pushing the boundaries of the medium, these artists are farming their own bodies and histories; the works displayed are the cultivation of that exploration.

James Brehm transforms his own body - its likeness, posture, movements, etc - as the source of his structural and tableau-like works. Valery Estabrook And Yaloo explore deeper personal themes of heritage, agriculture and the distortion of cultural stereotypes. Frank Wang and Jonathan Sims address philosophical ideals of ancient texts and contemporary western culture through virtual worlds and projected glyphs. Mark Sabb’s self-proclaimed “digital activism” lends itself to an eternal network who challenge the current social and political landscapes.

PARADICE PALASE gives a physical home to these digital works, embracing the medium as the catalyst for a secondary truth. Whether mined from across the internet or grown from invented language, Body Farm attempts to solve the question of identity within these distorted works.

On view July 15th- August 15th, 2017


Selected Works

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled" (mirrored right), found image digital collage, 2017

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled" (mirrored right), found image digital collage, 2017

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled", found image digital collage, 2017

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled", found image digital collage, 2017

 
 
Valery Jung Estabrook, "Arirang", acrylic on nylon mask, 2017

Valery Jung Estabrook, "Arirang", acrylic on nylon mask, 2017

Valery Jung Estabrook, "Cry Baby", acrylic on nylon mask, 2017

Valery Jung Estabrook, "Cry Baby", acrylic on nylon mask, 2017

Yaloo, still from "Nebraska Study", Oculus-rendered VR video, 2016

Yaloo, still from "Nebraska Study", Oculus-rendered VR video, 2016

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled", found image digital collage, 2016

Casey Kauffmann, "Untitled", found image digital collage, 2016

James Brehm, "NrmlBdy", 3D printed form, video installation, 2017

James Brehm, "NrmlBdy", 3D printed form, video installation, 2017

James Brehm, "Untitled", robot-carved wood blocks from 3d scans of cheesedoodles, 2016

James Brehm, "Untitled", robot-carved wood blocks from 3d scans of cheesedoodles, 2016

Yefeng "Frank" Wang, a "drifting prop" from "The Drifting Stages", 3D rendered GIF, 2016

Yefeng "Frank" Wang, a "drifting prop" from "The Drifting Stages", 3D rendered GIF, 2016

Mark Sabb, "Idolatry", digital GIF installation, 2015

Mark Sabb, "Idolatry", digital GIF installation, 2015