curated by Omar Lopez- Chahoud
The artists in Cat Scan, all multidisciplinary in practice, will present an array of sculptural works that are conceptually layered and formally engaging. Mechanically and technically speaking a Cat Scan is a computer-processed combination of x-ray measurements taken from many different an- gles to produce cross-sectional images, in effect, a Cat Scan is a way to get inside of something without cutting it open.
This is an approach that each of the artists in Cat Scan uses, they engage familiar contemporary cultural references to make their works accessible to their viewers; they give a visual, conceptual or physical hook for the viewer to get into their works from many different angles.
Evoking and embracing the performative yet absent body, each artist approaches making objects as a way to awaken and trouble binaries between technology & our evironment, physical objects & mental objects and absence & presence. Each of these artists approach their work as a way to share with viewers new ways to interpret think and look closely.
Jillian Mayer's work engages the viewer by inviting them to interact with her sculptures by sitting in them and placing the body in a position that adapts to the use of new technologies. Her works function to create a social space to facilitate the use of new technologies, her sculptures blur the lines between the functional and the non functional.
Michael Sailstorfer's interest in Non-Western and Pagan practices serves as a reference to the most basic elements in human experience. His work looks at how ritualistic practices of masking inform how we can recognize the presence of a body and reflect on the desire to adjust and trans- form symbols and images in a changing world.
And further, Rodrigue Mouchez's works closely study cyclical patterns of nature and incoorporate ephemeral materials to address environmental issues and think about how to unlearn and undo our deeply rooted anthropocentrism.
Sailstorfer's masks, Mayer's sculptures and Rodrigue's installations are all connected to the hu- man body. Sailsdorfer's work fits the face, Mayer's work holds the body and Mouchez's work is ac- tivated by the hand. Through the use of the body as the beginning point for each of these artists this show cuts into the body and examines it differently through each of these artist's works. Through the approach of dissolving binaries and looking at a subject from many angels each of the artists in Cat Scan get inside of questions of the absent and present body in technological, symbol-ogical and environmental contexts.