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Gabriel de la Mora

Gabriel de la Mora, Memoria I, 24.10.07 (2007) [detail], calcium sulfate with cyanoacrylate application, resin base and stainless steel supports [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 6-May 16] Courtesy: The artist and the Galeria OMR, Mexico City

Visceral Bodies

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 6-May 16, 2010

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu, I belong to you, you belong to me (2007) ink, paint, mixed media, plant material and plastic pearls on Mylar [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 6-May 16] collection Victoria and Warren Miro, London, Copyright the artist

Wim Delvoye, Erato

Wim Delvoye, Erato (2001-2002) steel, X-Rays, lead, glass [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 6-May 16] Courtesy: studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium

The human body has been a popular theme of artists from the early Greek veneration of musculature and poise to more recent expressions of emotional and psychological qualities. Most artists find working with the human form to be a very personal experience that involves intimacy, a degree of reverence and a sense of existentialism.

Visceral Bodies, a new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, presents a selection of contemporary works from the past 20 years. The body is portrayed as an evolving symbol that is socially and culturally charged. The exhibit explores three themes: representational images showing the body as physically evocative and accompanied by political, emotional and gendered nuances; works inspired by medical imaging technologies and the biological sciences that afford visitors various hightech lenses through which to view the topic; and artworks that address concepts of the human form in the future. In general, the artworks are concerned with critical reflection on how the body, as a subject of art, can be understood in a genetic and biotechnological era.

Visceral Bodies showcases the work of 18 artists, including Helen Chadwick, Shelagh Keeley, Gabriel de la Mora, Wim Delvoye, Valie Export, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum and David Altmejd. It is presented alongside Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man, from Queen Elizabeth II's collection of early 16th-century drawings by the first major Western artist to study human anatomy.


Mia Johnson

Artist Talk
Shelagh Keeley, Saturday, February 6, 2 pm.
Toronto-based artist Shelagh Keeley talks about her work, Writing on the Body, and her longstanding practice.

Valie Export, Glottis

Valie Export, Glottis (2007), 4-channel video installation [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 6-May 16] Courtesy: Charim Galerie, Vienna

 Wed, Feb 17, 2010