OCT 6 - OCT 29
 
   
    THIS DELICATE MONSTER
Recent work by Michelle Handelman

On view through Oct 6-29

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WED-THU
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FRI-SAT
5pm to 9pm
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(still), THIS DELICATE MONSTER, 3-channel video 2004



 

 

October 6 - 29, 2005

Performances Thursday October 13, 6:00PM-9:00PM & Thursday October 27, 6:00PM-9:00PM

GALLERY HOURS: WED-THU 3-9PM, SAT 5-9PM or by appointment

THIS DELICATE MONSTER Recent work by MICHELLE HANDELMAN


We are pleased to announce our first exhibition with New York media artist Michelle Handelman, marking her first return to the Bay Area in three years. For this exhibition Handelman transforms the gallery with projections, live performers, and photographs from her latest project "This Delicate Monster" - a place where passion, obsession, fashion and ugliness collide.

This Delicate Monster is a multi-media pop fable inspired by Charles Baudelaire's The Flowers of Evil , a book of poems as succulent and darkly suave as 19th-century Paris and Baudelaire himself. Handelman transposes the Flowers of Evil into a pop landscape, creating a haunting and hallucinatory fragmented narrative that lies somewhere between conceptual art piece and pure visceral experience. Collaborating with couture fetish designer Garo Sparo, Italian noise band Larsen, and a cast of performers, the multi-screen narrative is constructed of gestures and sounds that breathe life into Baudelaire's text such as, "No abyss compares with your bed", "condemned to an eternal laugh because I know not how to smile" "to swallow up existence with a yawn". Live performers sitting high on the walls of the gallery space taunt and laugh at the crowd, creating an abject space where meaning falls apart in a persistent and macabre performance of endurance. Like Artaud's Theater of Cruelty, this piece implicates the viewer into a mediated world of attraction and repulsion, with moments so loaded with the symbolic that they destroy meaning altogether. The exhibit becomes a sympathetic symphony of gasps, shrieks and repetitive actions that can best be described as a cross between a horror film and a fashion shoot gone terribly wrong.


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