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Bad Skin

The exhibition Bad Skin is comprised of drawings, sculptures, paintings, and video works by artists Torey Akers, Ciara Newton, and Ana Hansa-Ogren. Our practices challenge the institutionalization of neoliberal identity praxis in art spaces by asking simple questions — why does the paradigmatic art "body" always seem to be cis, white, thin, and traumatized? What's with all the viscera and confessional wall text? Where's the queer shit? Whether devotional or irreverent, the pieces in Bad Skin shy away from tokenistic art lexis in favor of something weirder, wilder, and more relevant to the thorny desires and theoretical pitfalls of lived experience, however stupid, sloppy or shameful. The conversations between our practices are funny and affectual, strutting against the crass, stupid downbeat of a shared impulse towards the discursive sanguine. In navigating prescribed identity’s silliest moments, Bad Skin refuses procedural abjection as both a political and aesthetic modality. We’re weaponizing inanity in the softest ways possible.

Earlier Event: August 2
Handline by Teal Waibel
Later Event: October 4
Annual Benefit Auction