August 14 – September 11, 2021
movement toward the Other was a group exhibition that explored concepts of intimacy. The exhibition was situated within the boiler room of Denver’s Evans School, a historic building that had been dormant for decades. Built in 1904, the building served as an elementary school for nearly seventy years.
movement toward the Other is a group exhibition that explores the many facets of intimacy through the lens of nine regional, national, and international artists. In the exhibition, concepts of anger, care, pleasure, pain, and self-exploration create a space for reflecting upon how we define ourselves and our lived experiences in relation to others.
A core aspect of intimacy is the act of exchange, as seen in Patty Chang’s In Love, a two-channel video that illuminates the abstract boundaries of familial bonds, and Juntae TeeJay Hwang’s Angry Hotel, a video installation that overtly criticizes Western hegemony from the perspective of two fictional Korean comrades. Other works observe digital communication as an increasingly predominant way of expressing romance or desire. Anna Uddenberg’s sculpture Cozy Clamp #5 (flash plug), featuring a female figure in a contorted yoga pose holding a selfie stick, gestures to the self-indulgent qualities of social media connections. Conversely, Adam Parker Smith’s iconic mylar balloon sculptures display generic methods of affection and the commercialized ways in which we show care.
Works by Bárbara Sánchez-Kane and Julie Bena shift the discourse from age-old interpretations centered on the male-gaze to a more comprehensive view of sexual experience. Sánchez-Kane’s installation combines sculpture, fashion, and video that altogether address the construction of masculine identities as exemplified in the Mexican Army. In Bena’s video Who wants to be my horse?, a myriad of sexual female identities are portrayed through a series of monologues by a cast of protagonists, including the artist herself and Madison Young, a militant figure within the “pro-sex” movement.
movement toward the Other endeavors to present a pluralistic portrait of intimacy that challenges viewers to reexamine their intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. Collectively, the works deeply survey subjects of sex, love, hate, vulnerability, agency, and power dynamics to unveil vignettes of the interrelation between the self and not-self (Other).
Artists: Julie Béna (Prague), Scott Chamberlin (Denver), Patty Chang (Los Angeles), Juntae TeeJay Hwang (Denver), Suchitra Mattai (Denver), Kelly Monico (Denver), Bárbara Sánchez-Kane (Mexico City), Adam Parker Smith (New York City), Anna Uddenberg (Berlin)
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movement toward the Other is organized by Black Cube as part of its Special Projects program, which aims to foster new forms of expression, provide novel opportunities for artists, and advance forward-thinking exhibition experiences outside of the white cube.