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Proxy Gallery

10455 Jefferson Blvd

Culver City CA 90232

310-665-6848

http://ospace.otis.edu/proxy_gallery

 

 

 

55. Xochi Maberry-Gaulke: Armor

May 1-31, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to its size and scale, Proxy Gallery has the capacity to both monumentalize and miniaturize its exhibits. Armor, the installation by Xochi Maberry-Gaulke, emerging in her first post-MFA solo exhibition, uses the gallery/container to explore the self through the body, and more specifically, the relationship of her own body to another/her mother.

 

The three “walls” of the gallery are covered in kaleidoscopic tiled photographs of skin and pubic hair pulled by fingers to reveal, it turns out, her mother’s now-healed Cesarean birth scar out of which was born Xochi Maberry-Gaulke. In the center of the gallery stands a small/large “pedestal” also covered in photos of pubic hair bearing a small tuft of actual yellow hair. This hair is the only non-photographic, non-metonymic, almost forensic evidence of the body of the artist herself. 

 

Maberry-Gaulke is interested in emotional lineage and literal lineage; in the intergenerational, especially matrilineal, aspects of the formation of the self. She considers the body to be a grounding strategy; here, however, the “body” as subject matter serves as a shortcut: its organic materiality is necessarily presented in discursiveform: photographically, metonymically, sculpturally, and linguistically. These codes engage in a constant dialogue without a final punchline.

 

Contact: Annetta Kapon, akapon@otis.edu

 

 

 

 

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