Offered by a despairing lens, functions chosen check with for empathy, suffering, and
sacrifice


KENNESAW, Ga.
(Aug 24, 2021)

Rosemary Laing: a dozen worthless steps for grieving blondes #5, 2009. C sort photograph.
30 1/2 x 52 9/16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.

A section of Kennesaw Condition University’s College of Artwork and Design and style, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Artwork will existing two exhibitions this tumble. Curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson,
Director of Curatorial Affairs, “This Mortal Coil” and “The Labor of Remembrance”
will open on Saturday, Aug. 28 and operate by way of December 11. The general public is invited
to an opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“The two exhibitions are interrelated in dialogue, as they seek to mitigate emotional
suffering and mortal pain. This imposing presence of fear and reduction is compounded by
visuals, which even though wonderful, are laden with sorrow and despondency,” describes Thompson.

Shared Common Causes
Performs by 17 notable modern day artists in “The Mortal Coil” introduce a visual
dialogue as the visuals are, at times, offered via a despairing lens, pleading
for empathy, struggling and sacrifice as shared common results in. Mortality and reduction
may be seen in Martha McDonald’s “The Weeping Gown,” a crepe paper garment hand sewn
and dyed in accordance to Victorian mourning rituals. Thompson notes that the work “provides
a outstanding glimpse into the to start with calendar year of a widow’s bereavement process of that
period.” 

woman in victorian era weeping dress
Martha McDonald: The Weeping Costume, 2011. Hand-lower crepe paper fused to muslin and
interfacing, polyester thread, steel fasteners, cotton tape, elastic twine. Dimensions:
gown 67 x 55 inches. Picture: Christian Capurro

Chaotic Arms
Piper Shepard’s elaborate floral lace veil, “Only their Silhouettes,” exhibits an attempt
to forget about disparaging inner thoughts, even even though echoes of the departed reveal them selves
as cast shadows of Victorian mourning flowers. The devotion and determination to painstakingly
hand-slicing the lace functions to mitigate the discomfort of decline. 

The Tie That Binds
Oscar Muñoz addresses similar themes of vulnerability and loss. In “La Linea del Destino,”
the artist observes the reflection of his facial area in a pool of h2o and watches as it
seeps among his fingers and bit by bit dissolves. Louise Bourgeois’ “Do Not Abandon
Me” offers a single woman figure seeing as her child hovers on the verge of dissolution.
An umbilical twine tethers and unites the two, serving as an fundamental theme binding
the two exhibitions as an uninterrupted whole.

Dread of Abandonment
Imbued with familial historical past and youthful memories, “The Labor of Remembrance” provides
21 works by Louise Bourgeois, concentrating on prints and textiles ranging in day from
1998 to 2005. In her cloth will work, she deftly reconstructs and recontextualizes home
textiles this sort of as dishtowels, curtains, and made use of garments into artists’ guides. The
dimensional compositions serve a function for Bourgeois. “I always experienced the anxiety of
being divided and abandoned. The sewing is my attempt to continue to keep items together and
make matters full,” she clarifies. 

image of woman in cocoon web
Louise Bourgeois: LA RÉPARATION (detail: SPIRAL Girl) 2003. Portfolio of seven prints
on paper 15 x 17” 38.1 x 43.2 cm. Picture: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Basis/Accredited
by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

A Fond Appear Again
Thompson provides that Bourgeois’ prints “courageously examine the traumas of her childhood
greatest as a result of her intensive depiction of the physique and the amputated physique.” Bourgeois’
fondness for familial nostalgia allows stress and anxiety, concern, helpless, and insecurity to
be fully articulated. Mounted throughout the 20th yr right after 9/11, the mixed exhibitions
inquire viewers to mournfully replicate on unbearable struggling, each person and collective,
and the frailty of the human condition. 

Artists highlighted in “This Mortal Coil” consist of Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Sonya
Clark, Gail Deery, Carson Fox, Markus Hansen, Donna Smith Jones, Anders Krisár, Rosemary
Laing, Pixy Liao, Roberto Mannino, Martha McDonald, Oscar Muñoz, Tony Orrico, Dario Robleto,
Piper Shepard, and Anne Wilson.   

All exhibitions are free of charge and open to the public reservations are proposed. More
programming is also offered. Discover extra about the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the University of the Arts. 

–Kathie Beckett