“Exquisite Corpse” Exhibition Explores What It Means To Be Human In the 21 Century

Alfred Steiner

Alfred Steiner

Michael Shaw, Dan Attoe, Austin Eddie

Michael Shaw, Dan Attoe, Austin Eddie

Exquisite Corpse Book

Tom Sanford

Tom Sanford

MASS Gallery in Austin, Texas recently opened its newest exhibition, Exquisite Corpse. The group curated by Beautiful/Deay’s founder Amir H. Fallah features a myriad of artists, with many that we’ve featured in Beautiful/Decay publications and on our site: Dan Attoe, Jay Davis, Bill Donovan, Austin Eddy, Amir H. Fallah, Chie Fueki, Joshua Hagler, Adam D. Miller, Kymia Nawabi, Christopher Pate, Max Presniell, Colette Robbins, Maja Ruznic, Tom Sanford, Alfred Steiner, Michael Shaw, and Dani Tull. In their own way, each artist explores the body and what it means to be human in the modern world.

Exquisite Corpse refers to the collaborative game whose origins are rooted among the Dadist writers as a poetic exercise and the Surrealist later turned into a drawing game. You might’ve played it before; when each person does their part well, it creates an alluring, sometimes grotesque body that was completely unexpected.

This exhibition brings together artists working in both Los Angeles and NYC. As MASS Gallery poetically describes:

A central problem of 21st century life is that the old, psychologically fortifying myths are fading.  Philosophers and scientists have described us as wet robots and biological algorithms, which is perhaps an intentionally shocking way to describe humanity, but these descriptions also seems to get close to a dangerous truth that contains a kernel of abject horror.  It is the artist’s job to create psychologically coherent images which look forward.  It is now a matter of viewpoint whether, when it is all said and done, you are a dead body or an Exquisite Corpse.

In addition to the show, the gallery also produced a full-color catalog that showcases all of the work and an essay by Bill Donovan. The limited-edition, 102 page publication features a beautiful spot UV with fluorescent cover. If you can’t make it to Austin for the show (it’s up until October 25), then the inexpensive-yet-high-quality catalog is totally worth it.

More work by the featured artists as well as sample spreads from the publication after the jump.

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Ultrasonic Exhibition Preview: 7 Artist Interviews!

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Mark Moore Gallery will open “Ultrasonic V: It’s Only Natural,” its fifth annual survey of emerging artists, Saturday, September 11 from 5-7. The exhibition will be on view until October 16. The exhibition assesses our fascination with self-contextualization, namely through means of archive, taxonomy and cognition.

To celebrate this collection of not-to-be missed talent, Beautiful/Decay went behind the scenes to give you a sneak peek at all of the participating artists. We’ve included a selection of works, as well as interviews surveying each artist’s aesthetic, advice for other creatives, inspiration and more.

Read on to find out about: Dave Dean’s paintings, typifying concepts of the indigenous and “otherness” in the face of societal development; Carrie Moyer’s fantastic acrylic and glitter canvases; Colin Roberts’ delicate sculptures and graphite drawings that oscillate between the sub/conscious; Dani Tull’s hilariously metaphysical wax compositions; Andrew Guenther’s installations that denote our need for “cultural repositories”; Brion Nuda Rosch’s found art collages; and David Rathman’s sparse, yet introspective watercolors.

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