“White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” at Institute of Contemporary Art

May 12th, 2013


Artist: Hilton Als, Lynda Benglis, Bernadette Corporation, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Dexter Sinister with Halmos, Leif Elggren, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Karen Kilimnik, Irena Knezevic, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Erin Leland, Zoe Leonard, Wardell Milan, Paulina Olowska, Seth Price, Rammellzee, Nick Relph, Carissa Rodriguez, Aura Rosenberg, John Miller & Frank Lutz, Nader Sadek, Frances Stark, Catherine Sullivan, Scott Treleaven, Amy Yao

Venue: Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Exhibition Title: White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart

Curated by: Anthony Elms

Date: February 26 – July 28, 2013

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Video:

Karen Kilimnik

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

 

Images:

Images courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Photos by Aaron Igler

Press Release:

White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart presents the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation to highlight the inventive design, tactical implementation, or sartorial sense by which we multiply and complete our personalities. On view in ICA’s First Floor Space February 6 through July, 28, 2013, this group exhibition takes inspiration from this definition by novelist JG Ballard—”Fashion: A recognition that nature has endowed us with one skin too few, and that a fully sentient being should wear its nervous system externally.”

Artworks in a variety of media infuse garments with a distinctive sense of pose—the exclusive province of neither the advertisement nor the runway—to stand, statue-like, with an attitude perfumed by immense mediation and an unsteady social sphere. With examples from outlandish costumes to self-published magazines, jewelry to sculpture, performance to painting, this sensibility permeates all fields. Oscillating between branding, self-recognition, sexuality, political uniform, and economic indicator, our adornment always reflects a chosen position in and with society. Told time and time again that ours is a narcissistic age, how do we positively reveal or covertly enact desires before the mirror of our time?

Link: “White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” at Institute of Contemporary Art

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