Flesh for a Habitat
02.22.14 - 03.09.14
Saturday, February 22
Flesh for a Habitat, by Arthur Gobillot, is an installation comprising a group of ambiguous concrete forms ensconced within the many specificities of a domestic space. Redolent of display furniture, non-utilitarian design objects, ritual vessels and formal art objects these forms exist in a state of ambivalence, heightened by an interplay of materials and representation, where clouds are both cast in concrete and projected upon it, and solid objects take on the suggestion of sentience, and of being in their personal space: a chill-zone, a boudoir, a burial chamber.
These chthonic forms are imagined, like the canopic jars of the egyptians, as extensions of the flesh--pampered and preserved--and expressions of our symbiotic relationship with the cultural stream. They exist to interact with their surroundings, and to be the objects of projection. Our lifestyles are integral to how we perceive ourselves as organisms. We protect ourselves from the horror and alienation of embodiment with the total content of our habitats–all of our possessions, routines, and opinions. We select, acquire, insulate, but also engage with an infinitude of information and become more than ourselves.
Flesh for a Habitat uses an instinct to size-up and describe to evoke the ritualism of daily life: adornment, the production of prosthetics (including clothing), Embalming/ mummification, the health and fitness craze, psychotherapy, substance use and abuse, forms of design and art production, home decoration, styling, marketing, and set design, which throughout history we have used, attempting to remove the barrier between phenomena and somata.