CORPOREAL GLITCH

CORPOREAL GLITCH

MONIQUE ATHERTON & LIZ CALVI

Opening: 15th January 2022

 

Seager Gallery presents “Corporeal Glitch”, a two-person show that unites the works of Monique Atherton and Liz Calvi.

In a bespoke installation that weaves text around their photographs, Atherton and Calvi invite viewers to engage in conversations generally limited to artists and critics. Both artists use the body and appropriated images to create uncanny and surreal works that encompass a variety of contemporary conversations about the state of the image in a post-photographic, cyborgian and image driven society.

From the curation of images to analog and digital manipulation, Atherton incorporates absurd gestures and compositions to repurpose private moments for public consumption. Her images explore the construction and perception of identity while investigating the rituals of performance behind portraiture and the element of reproduction within the medium itself.

Calvi focuses on the representation of sexuality and subjectivity within the digital sphere. Her surreal digital collages from found negatives of pin-up girls provoke questions regarding how we consume and depict images of sexuality. Calvi combines text with images as a subversive tactic against censorship of the body while further examining feminist modes of revolt. She blends research and found materials with her own photographs, writing, and video work to use subjectivity as a strategy of resistance. Equally invested with historical representations and contemporary visual imagery of women, her work draws from feminist historical archives while considering our creation of a digital one.

Collaborating with designer Nick Chaffee, the artists have shared intimate observations from their research and a series of questions to engage the audience and further a dialogue which encourages understanding of the image in our digital age. 

View the digital handout here!


Monique Atherton (b.1980, Japan) uses photography as a launching point and incorporates installation, sculpture, and performance. Atherton explores intense personal moments created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer into the various microcosmic states in which she exists. Her works uncover unspoken desires, tensions and passions that reside on a subconscious level among the people in her images as well as between the artist and the public. Atherton currently lives and works in New Haven. Atherton has exhibited in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New Haven and New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project and a recipient of the 2018 Connecticut Office of the Arts Emerging Artist Grant. Her book, First Avenue was shortlisted for the 2017 Kassel Dummy Award. She received her MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art in 2016.

Liz Calvi (b.1990, USA) is a recent graduate of the MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University and is currently based between London and Connecticut, USA. Recent exhibitions include "All About the Light", Griffin Museum of Photography, 2020 "Rituals of Resistance", The Urban Collective, 2020 and "Shadow Screens", SEAGER, 2019. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Der Greif, Aint-Bad and Fader. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in several public & private collections. Calvi's work is in multiple limited-edition books including: Me, Myself and AI, Vuu Super Special Vol. 2, and The Blue Library Vol. 2, which is in the permanent collection of Antenna in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

The hand lettering is by Nick Chaffe, a graphic artist, designer and illustrator based in Manchester, UK.
Nick has worked with many companies designing new and unique brands and orchestrating their visual messages. He also continues to collaborate with design and advertising agencies working both remotely and in-house. Clients have included Amnesty International, Amstel Light, EasyJet, Empire Magazine, The Guardian, London Jazz Festival, Lonely Planet, Manchester International Festival, Time Out London, The Washington Post, The Oscars and more.

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Open during exhibitions from Thursday to Saturday, 1-5 PM or by appointment.

VISIT

Open during exhibitions from Thursday to Saturday, 1-5 PM or by appointment.

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London, SE8 4HP