“Orchestrated Mayhem”: Two Artists Toy with Corporeality and Chaos
Working with non-traditonal materials like silicone, makeup, and clothes, combined with standards such as clay and wax, Yale MFA graduate and lecturer Anahita Vassoughi’s sculptures take the shape of surrealistic, often grotesque bodily forms, combining the mood of
Keeting, whose work has gone through a series of shifts in his career, including forays into has said of his work, “The scenes are mash-ups of orchestrated mayhem.”
The works at Fred.Giampietro harmonize in terms of their noxious, neon palette, as well as the dialogue, revolving around chaos and visceral corporeality, that is created between the works. Both artists develop work as an extension of the physical and psychological capacity of the human body. In Keeting’s paintings, thick, arm-lengthed brushstrokes and blotted impressions indicate the process of their making, while Vassoughi’s biomorphic, materially collaged forms remind of the relationship between anatomy and identity. Each artist experiments with a mad, loose-handed assembly in their chosen medium, building an uncanny symbiosis between the body of the artist, the viewer, and the work itself.
“Rockless Volume” is on view at Fred.Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Jan. 10–Feb. 21, 2015.
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