Art News: ‘Skins’ Group Show at OHWOW

7 Dec
2010

‘Skins’ is an exhibition of artists including Hwan Jahng, Sam Moyer, Reto Pulfer, Mariah Robertson, David Scanavino, Ryan Sullivan, Josh Tonsfeldt, Ned Vena and Andrea Longacre-White, whose approach to media looks beneath and beyond the surface.

Ryan Sullivan, October 25, 2009 – April 1, 2010 (detail), Oil and enamel on Canvas

The title of this group show refers to the culture of tattoos, presumed by anthropologists as “messages fraught with spiritual and moral significance… not only to imprint a drawing onto the flesh but also to stamp onto the mind all the traditions and philosophy of the group,” as methods of establishing communities, ascending or descending social ranks.

Today, when tattoos are ubiquitous and body modification cannot be conflated with progress, we look nostalgically to a time when simple marks or punctures communicated participation in a community.

Skins‘ runs through January 8, 2011 at OHWOW in Miami.

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