Renee Fotouhi Fine Art
Fotouhi Cramer Gallery is pleased to present necrophilia, the first one person exhibition of Bryan Crockett. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist November 14 from 7 to 9 P.M. Crockett's large scale installation Ignis Fatuus was recently featured in the 1997 Whitney Biennial. Crockett was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1970, and received his MFA from the Yale University School of Sculpture in 1994.
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Crockett considers the act of making sculpture a metaphor for his thought process, and his complex use of unusual materials such as latex balloons in the necrophilia series explore issues of preservation, our perception of time, and our body's frailty. Some sculptures are embalmed with an epoxy resin coating while others sculptures are left nude, and as air gradually leaks out of the balloons the sculptures decay and ultimately expire. This process occurs in real-time, and examining the sculpture at different stages of degeneration encourages the viewer to develop different interpretations of the work within the context of this discourse. Portions of the sculpture distend and bloat out becoming breast, umbilical, anus, or intestine-like, and in a separate video installation Crockett anthropomorphisizes the sculptures by investing them with different rates of bodily metabolism such as the slow flow of breathing, the pulsation of a beating heart, and the inflating erection of a penis.
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