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Dematerialized

Curated by Isabella Anastasio

 

Artist: Sophie Kahn

 

Opening Reception: September 24, 2020

 

CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, weekends by appointment

 

CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Dematerialized, curated by MA Curatorial Practice student Isabella Anastasio. Dematerialized is a solo exhibition featuring works by Sophie Kahn that examine the link between technology and death. Kahn is an Australian artist working in New York City whose artistic practice uses new technology to dematerialize, sculpt, and re-materialize the human body. Featured in the show are a new series of 3D-printed reliefs, digital prints with watercolor, and one freestanding sculpture.

 

The works featured in Dematerialized explore manifestations of the body as an avatar in digital space and the nature of this space these avatars inhabit. The weightless data-bodies in Kahn’s work spin and float in an empty void. The transitory spaces in which these entities exist are given definition and visualization through Kahn’s artistic practice. The forms of these bodies have been digitized, altered, and re-materialized as art objects. They have been forever changed by this process.

 

Kahn is operating within a new movement defined by artist Claudia Hart as “post-photography,” in which artists work in a critical manner with new 3D-imaging technologies that were designed to capture and simulate life. She embraces technology’s failures to reproduce the flawed, unstable human body and teases out the unintended emotional resonances of the resulting forms. Her fragmented avatars are ghostly, incomplete reflections of the complete human being. These specters act as a defining visualization of the process of interaction with the elusive spaces that Kahn’s practice traverses. The work selected for this exhibition references the language of mourning, comparing the digitized and transmitted body to the soul, and the art object to a memorial object. Dematerialized brings light to the various ways we record and transmit our bodies within new and uncanny digital spaces and the reverberations of death within these conceptual territories.

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School of Visual Arts


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