Xavier Cha’s performance-based works concern the body, self, and subjectivity within contemporary culture. She isolates elements of expression and communication, creating bare, abstract, and often illogical experiences.
Huma Bhabha, Valérie Blass, Sascha Braunig, Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Cécile B. Evans, Andro Wekua, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
The figure is a persistent and compelling subject for artists. Representations of the body channel our desires, vulnerabilities, and anxieties—to confront the figure is also to confront one’s own sense of personhood. In this contemporary moment, when notions of individuality seem to be increasingly unsettled, the body has re-emerged as a site of urgent inquiry.
Repetition, recycling, and reinvention characterize Oliver Laric’s multimedia artistic practice. In Untitled (2014-15), Laric culls animations from around the world to create a rhythmic, morphing flow of graphic bodies. Set in a blank white space and backed by an ominous soundtrack, these hybrid creatures mutate from human to object to animal to machine. Some changes seem natural—the smooth transition of aging hands—while others are unsettling—humans turning into monsters.
Marina Rosenfeld creates works at the intersection of music, performance, and installation. Teenage Lontano (2008) is her cover version of Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s Lontano (1967), an avant-garde orchestral work known for its dense harmonies and orchestration. Ligeti’s piece has been featured in suspense and horror films such as Stanley Kubric’s The Shining (1980) and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010).