SUSAN CIANCIOLO, ABIGAIL DEVILLE, SAMUEL HINDOLO, ANDY ROBERT, CINZIA RUGGERI, AKEEM SMITH, TOREY THORNTON, KANDIS WILLIAMS
'I began to notice that the experience of walking on the street or being in the theater or around any group of people - that mass. No matter how colorful it was...never looked tonal and nothing was particularly outstanding. Someone might be wearing a very bright tie or green shoes but somehow it was absorbed...'
- Robert Rauschenberg
Simon Lee Gallery, New York is pleased to present Pedestrian Profanities, a group exhibition of interdisciplinary artists, designers and polymaths curated by Eric N. Mack, which explores the relationship between fine art, design and fashion, and the ways in which they are activated by a participating body.
'This show is about the event of walking down the avenue.
The role of a mannequin in a storefront is to elicit a direct relationship between the consumer, their body and the garment; to engender a sense of its structure. In a similar way, the role of the viewer in the act of observing, or consuming, an artwork bestows value and radiant spirit: the art object, at its most sacred, should reflect altered systems of value, especially in observation of our world's brutalities. In contemplating either artwork or clothing, the viewer enacts a sense of embodiment outside of their-self – an act of transference.
This exhibition imagines a case for the painted object to flee its support structures and need the body. To cling to the body, worn as smuggled modernity.'
- Eric N. Mack