THE WELCOME GUEST | SCENES OF MILD PERIL

Patricia Piccinini | Victoria F. Gaitán

November 5 – December 17, 2011

PATRICIA PICCININI_Prone_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
Prone
2011, silicone, human hair, felt, 23.5 x 23.5 x 10 inches.

PATRICIA PICCININI_The Welcome Guest_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
The Welcome Guest
2011, silicone, fibreglass, human and animal hair, taxidermied peacocks, dimensions variable.

PATRICIA PICCININI_Bottom Feeder_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
Bottom Feeder
2009, silicone, fibreglass, animal fur, steel, 26 x 17.75 x 15.75 inches.

PATRICIA PICCININI_Foundling_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
Foundling (detail)
2008, silicone, human hair, polyester, nylon, wool, glass, plastic, 26 x 16 x 14.5 inches.

PATRICIA PICCININI_Not Quite Animal II (Transgenic skull for the Bodyguard)_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
Not Quite Animal II (Transgenic skull for the Bodyguard)
2008, bronze, 9.5 x 8.5 x 6 inches.

PATRICIA PICCININI_Figure with Hummingbirds_The Welcome Guest

PATRICIA PICCININI
Figure with Hummingbirds
2010, graphite on paper, 22.5 x 30 inches.

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN_Pelt No. 2_Scenes of Mild Peril

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN
Pelt No. 2
2011, archival pigment print on 100% cotton paper, 22 x 33 inches.

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN_Cherry Whip Part 4_Scenes of Mild Peril.

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN
Cherry Whip Part 4
2010, archival pigment print on 100% cotton paper, 33 x 22 inches.

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN_Lollipop_Scenes of Mild Peril

VICTORIA F. GAITÁN
Lollipop
2011, archival pigment print on 100% cotton paper, 22 x 33 inches.

October 19, 2011


PATRICIA PICCININI: The Welcome Guest
VICTORIA F. GAITÁN: Scenes of Mild Peril
November 5 - December 17, 2011 


Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to present Patricia Piccinini’s first solo exhibition in Washington, DC: The Welcome Guest. The selection of works ranges in date from 1997 to the present, including video and small- to largescale sculptures (made of silicone, fiberglass, human and animal hair, taxidermied peacocks, polyester, nylon, wool, plastic and bronze). Using natural and artificial media to create realistic and grotesque forms, the world renowned Australian artist visualizes humanity’s challenges in navigating between nature and biotechnology.

  
The exhibition title comes from its signature piece, “The Welcome Guest” (2011), Piccinini’s most recent creation,  which recalls Goethe’s statement, ‘Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.’ The artist explains that this work “reflects on the beauty and strangeness of nature.” In this compelling sculptural grouping, a fleshy mutant creature embraces a cute little girl as  graceful peacocks look on from atop their perches. Here Piccinini asks: Who will we become as  technology refashions the relationship between people and the natural world? Other works in the exhibition elaborate on what kinds of emotional connections could emerge between us and the strange but vulnerable life forms our science  may yet create. 

 

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Conner/*gogo art projects is very pleased to present Victoria F. Gaitán’s first solo exhibition with the gallery: Scenes of  Mild Peril. The exhibition features a selection of exquisite color photographs of women by the DC-based, Australianborn artist. Gaitán scrutinizes gender stereotypes through the lens of physical beauty in flesh and blood still lifes. “Pelt No. 2” alluringly displays a woman’s face cradled by horns, surrounded by luxurious fur, and propped upon a coyote’s head. The seductive surfaces invite us to wonder what sense of self lies beneath them. Is the woman a predator or a trophy? Gaitán balances powerful tensions between social categories and self-knowledge in each of her works, which she describes as “calling cards from my explorations of internal worlds.” 


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There will be an opening night reception, Saturday, November 5th from 6 to 8pm.  
Artists in attendance.  


Supported by the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC

 
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For further information or images, please contact the gallery @ 202-588-8750 / info@connercontemporary.com