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Christopher Willauer: "It Is You Who Awakens Me"


  • b[x] 203 Harrison Place Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Christopher Willauer

"It Is You Who Awakens Me"

 

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, June 2nd, 6-9PM

EXHIBITION: June 2 - July 14

I believe in a language of the body. A form that communicates and separates, full of intricate scars and wrinkles that read as prose, detachment and secretion that remind us of our materiality, holes and pits that demonstrate a constant hunger. Bodies are a place of experience and experimentation. 

Working through performance, sculpture, and video I conceptually engage with the body in a ritualistic and reverent manner. In my practice, the body functions both formally and conceptually as an exploration of anxieties, sorrows, pleasures, longings, eroticism, and queerness. These and other points of inquiry have become embedded within my perception of bodies and self. 

Motivated by a radical tenderness and strange love, I hope to expose myself to initiate a communal intimacy. The universality of bodies creates an opportunity to explore emotions and create visceral experiences in an inclusive manner. This ubiquity allows physicality to exist as a means of depicting what is felt. 

I have a fascination with the grotesque, repressed, pleasurable, and shameful; this serves as motivation to explore the roots of each and how they are entangled within ourselves. Within this entanglement, issues of identity are brought into question and force the viewer to examine his/her degree of comfort or discomfort. Initiated by an exploration of self, it is my hope that this examination of comfort evolves into new questions and understandings. I am particularly interested in the power of the abject and our power of adaptability; the confrontation of our body’s materiality and the tools developed to cope with our endless questions. 

Bodies exist in a social construct of high standards and stigmas, motivating shame and repression. I investigate the authority of my own body in relationship to my reaction of its origin. 

Our bodies are the one living thing we will always know but while we are also passive in its construction we become active in its performance. It is time to reclaim our bodies.

Earlier Event: June 2
June Open Studios
Later Event: July 21
Nozco: an Imaginary Universe