Langdon Graves, ‘Restricted In Her Ability to Maneuver’, 2012, VICTORI+MO CONTEMPORARY

This series of works ('Neikos', 'Day Shapes' & 'Restricted in her Ability to Maneuver') feature elements of maritime navigational signals such as the answer pennant, the “Oscar” or “man overboard” semaphore, and day shapes, communicating signals of warning or distress between vessels.

Layered with anatomical imagery, the nautical references cite the primordial role of water as a life force in Empedocles’ theories, as well as our endeavor to navigate a force whose vastness and mysteries defy our comprehension.

About Langdon Graves

In her drawings and sculptures, Langdon Graves depicts disembodied parts of the human form, homing in on eyes, ears, and teeth, and manipulating them with meticulous technical skill. She introduces unusual qualities, such as bees teeming around a pair of hands, or sculptures in which imagined domestic objects are imbued with corporeal innards. Case, for example, is a sea foam-colored pillow-like object sprouting hair, with a red “organelle” seeping out of a half-open zipper. For Graves, her objects and drawings are steeped in folk traditions and mysticism, and interrogate the construction of reality and beliefs. “The work on the whole seeks to reveal that a reality constructed by our beliefs and one determined by actual events are one and the same,” she has said.

American, b. 1978, Virginia, United States, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States