Conner Contemporary Art presents Patricia Piccinini and Victoria F. Gaitán

Patricia Piccinini, The Welcome Guest, 2011. Installation, dimensions variable.

Conner Contemporary Art presents Patricia Piccinini and Victoria F. Gaitán

November 5–December 17, 2011

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Conner Contemporary Art
1358 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
www.connercontemporary.com

Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to present Patricia Piccinini’s first solo exhibition in Washington, DC: “The Welcome Guest.” The selection of works ranges in date from 1997 to the present, including video and small- to large-scale sculptures (made of silicone, fiberglass, human and animal hair, taxidermied peacocks, polyester, nylon, wool, plastic and bronze). Using natural and artificial media to create realistic and grotesque forms, the world-renowned Australian artist visualizes humanity’s challenges in navigating between nature and biotechnology.

The exhibition title comes from its signature piece, “The Welcome Guest” (2011), Piccinini’s most recent creation, which recalls Goethe’s statement, ‘Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.’ The artist explains that this work “reflects on the beauty and strangeness of nature.” In this compelling sculptural grouping, a fleshy mutant creature embraces a cute little girl as a graceful peacock looks on from atop an icy perch. Here Piccinini asks: Who will we become as technology refashions the relationship between people and the natural world? Other works in the exhibition elaborate on what kinds of emotional connections could emerge between us and the strange yet vulnerable life forms our science may yet create.

conner/*gogo art projects is very pleased to present Victoria F. Gaitán’s first solo exhibition with the gallery: “Scenes of Mild Peril.” The exhibition features a selection of exquisite color photographs of women by the DC-based, Australian-born artist. Gaitán scrutinizes gender stereotypes through the lens of physical beauty in flesh and blood still lifes. “Pelt” alluringly displays a woman’s face cradled by horns, surrounded by luxurious fur, and propped upon a wolf’s head. The seductive surfaces invite us to wonder what sense of self lies beneath them. Is the woman a predator or a trophy? Gaitán balances powerful tensions between social categories and self-knowledge in each of her works, which she describes as “calling cards from my explorations of internal worlds.”

There will be an opening night reception, Saturday, November 5th from 6 to 8pm. Artists in attendance.

Additional information may be found at: www.connercontemporary.com.

For further information or images, please contact the gallery @ 202-588-8750 or info@connercontemporary.com.

Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE –Washington, DC 20002 in the Historic Atlas/H Street Area. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday 10-5pm.

Conner Contemporary Art presents Patricia Piccinini and Victoria F. Gaitán

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