Pictures at an Exhibition

Lauren McKeon at Interface, Oakland, California

Lauren McKeon, GPS, 2019, vinyl, memory foam, webbing, and buckles.

HASAIN RASHEED/©LAUREN MCKEON/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND INTERFACE, OAKLAND

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: “Lauren McKeon: Let go or be dragged” is on view at Interface in Oakland, California, through May 19. The solo exhibition, the title of which is a mantra, is the artist’s second with the gallery and presents a series of new work. As part of the show, artist Ross Simonini, who also collaborated on the below text with McKeon, will stage a performance on May 12 billed as an epilogue; Simonini will present “a new iteration of his Quartering performances, in which participating bodies map themselves using all four limbs,” per a release.

Below, a text that McKeon and Simonini collaborated on for the exhibition:

Use your entire body
All limbs
Arms, legs, fingers, toes
Spaces, pits, and crevices
Your spleen
Your momentum
Your center of gravity
Your vestibular system
Your favorite body part
The primary location of your identity
The spot of your first major injury
The place where illness most often begins
The organs you refuse to consider
The nook where you feel distrust
The hair you wish you had
The sound of your nervous system
The physical weight of your thoughts
The flesh which has been surgically excised from you
The invisible cord that links you to the other bodies
The shape of the curses inside of you
The vertebrae along your throat
The negative space around you
The light that makes you visible
The net clinging to you
The cells you’ve shed
Use all of it
(Preliminary Notes for Quartering Performance, by Lauren McKeon and Ross Simonini)

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