“I Sing the Body,” is a survey of photographic works which explores iterations of photography’s fascination and dependence on the human form. The title inspired by Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric,” was one of the first poems to comprise Whitman’s masterpiece “Leaves of Grass” and sets a complex and erotic tone for the exhibition. Like the title describes many of the works in the exhibition display the full human form. One of the most prominent examples of this is Carla van de Puttelaar’s full-body portraits of models laying down on their back. Cleveland-native Amber N. Ford’s “Down By The River,” 2017 is one of the stand-out works from the exhibition literally and figuratively.
Cleveland-native Amber N. Ford’s “Down By The River,” 2017 peers out over “I Sing the Body.”
Ford’s work looms largely in the left gallery at Transformer Station. Her model stands Whitman-esque in nature peering through tall green-grass making direct eye contact with the viewer at eye level. Paul Sepuya’s historically significant “Darkroom Mirror Study,” takes a less traditional view of the body, where the “camera body,” [a body electric itself] holds the show together with an abstract rationale that balances this exhibition between the body and mind.
Topical Cream was honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Gretchen Bender at Red Bull Arts.
Provisions were provided by Spiral Theory Test Kitchen, a self-described queer cooking collective helmed by artists Precious Okoyomon’s, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Quori Theodor, MK, and Kaijja Xiao.
The gathering was to celebrate the video artists legacy IRL and to allow New York artists and writers who might not be familiar with her work the opportunity to be present in her space. Like the best underground dinner parties, the guest of honor was unannounced — Bart, Precious Okoyomon’s pet eel sat perched at the end of the table, slowly swimming back and forth as friends and family got to know each other better.
Guests sat next to Gretchen Bender’s “People in Pain,” 1988 a large installation composed of black vinyl and blue neon which features every movie title which was in production during a six month period between 1987-1988.
Spiral Theory Test Kitchen served dusted red snapper, and the guests ended the night with Loquat Panna Cotta with honey ants and orchid sugar served in a Red Bull can.
The final event of the evening was a private screening of Bender’s massive installation “Total Recall.”
Topical Cream’s friends and family gathered at 50 Bowery rooftop bar to celebrate our 6th anniversary.
Flaunt Magazine picked up the story. Sahra Motalebi’s booming operatic voice greeted our guests, who had to walk through the massive blacked out space to reach the elevator and the party on the top floor.
Nicole Eisenman and Theresa Chromati were honored with custom Ilegal Mezcal cocktails and Whitney Fred, Ren G, Dese Escobar, and Venus X DJ’d. The party mood was gothic Miami with hot pink lighting surrounding palm tree, while friends of Topical Cream arrived in their very best club looks to for the occasion.
Talk Talk Talk Nothing
Sunday, October 26, 2014 6-8pm
An Evening With Cajsa Von Zeipel.
Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat Books 2014). He is a contributing editor toMousse and lives in New York.
Cecilia Corrigan is a writer and performer living in New York. Her first book Titanic was released this fall on Northwestern University Press.
Lucy Ives is Editor of Triple Canopy and author of four books of poetry and prose, including a historical novel about girls, nineties (2013).
Sarah Nicole Prickett is a writer in New York and the founding editor of Adult.
Lyndsy Welgos is a New York based artist and founder of Topical Cream Magazine.
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Pony Tails: To Live Play Move and Clash As She Will: Part 2 will be on view till November 2nd at Capricious 88.
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