The exhibition is a visual interpretation of Rodrigo Prieto’s 2013 short film Likeness, starring actress Elle Fanning. The current exhibition follows the exact plot line of the film, which focuses on the social pressures, idealizations of the female form, and is based around his daughter’s own experience with an eating disorder.
For the first third of Pietro’s movie, the viewer follows the camera through a dark and disturbing house party, offering a voyeuristic look into the nightlight of America’s privileged youth. Half way through, Elle Fanning enters into a bathroom to look in the mirror and her face cracks. After a mildly grotesque display of emotions, she opens the bathroom door and the party has transformed into a normal, straight-laced teenage party.
For like·ness, the gallery has been subdivided and each separate space serves as an interpretation of a scene in the film. As an introduction to the show, Prieto’s film will be shown alongside a series of Dongwook Lee’s malformed, naked figurines. Other rooms include: a simulation of the disgruntled house party featuring Terry Rodger’s photo-realistic paintings of lethargic, emaciated models alongside Kalup Linzy’s gender-bending video art pieces; two rooms representing the fall into dysmorphic self-perception with works by Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Sara-Vide Erikson and Dennis Scholl; as well as a final sub-gallery featuring Del Kathryn Barton’s highly ornate paintings and video work, dedicated to the notions of childhood innocence. Other visually-enhancing ephemera has been added to the space for visual enhancement.
Del Kathryn Barton | Sara-Vide Ericson | Dongwook Lee | Kalup Linzy | Nathaniel Mary Quinn | Terry Rodgers | Dennis Scholl
January 14 – February 13, 2016
515 W 26h Street, NYC