Inspired by nineteenth-century medical illustrations of hysteria, Australian artist Sophie Kahn uses a 3-D scanner to capture female dancers reenacting symptoms of that Victorian diagnosis. Since the scanners aren’t designed to handle movement, the results are glitchy shells that the artist paints, sands, carves, and props up with little bits of scaffolding. Kahn leaves it unclear whether these unfinished-looking figures are in the process of being built up or destroyed, an effective metaphor for women in contemporary society. The gallery walls also contain two-dimensional blueprint-looking renderings of the sculptural work, which the artist humanizes with watercolors. This one’s definitely worth checking out.
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March 04 2019