Le Corps Poétique
nous ne créons rien, nous captons et reflétons.tout simplement. cela est vrai pour les idées, pour les images, comme pour toute création.
“Le Corps Poétique” asks each individual artist, carefully selected by Jorge Bachmann, to examine the title of the exhibit and work under the premise that we do not create anything, but simply catch and reflect. Local and international artists interpret this idea through their practices including photography, video, and language. The intention of this exhibition is to move audiences through a poetic-scape that [catches and reflects] the context of their own bodies.
TMT Artist Collective & SPACE 151 is pleased to present “Le Corps Poétique”, a group exhibition curated by Jorge Bachmann featuring artists: Sholeh Asagary, Jorge Bachmann, Ema Chang, Magali & Alice Charmot, Eilish Cullen, Qinmin Liu, Daniel Lorenze, Michael Mersereau, Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James, Jessica Resmond, Ignacio Valero.
Sholeh Asgary is an artist born in 1982, in Tehran, Iran. As a two year old, she was a refugee who eventually grew up in California and Texas. Her work addresses the way objects can create disambiguation and break down language and history. Utilizing cross sections between photography, painting, light, projection and sound, Asgary creates sculpted environments that are lit much like objects to be photographed--leaving the mechanical trace of the camera to the viewer's stance. Asgary received her BA with a focus on photography and painting from San Francisco State University in 2007 and her MFA in studio arts from Mills College in 2011. Her work has been shown in Montreal QC., New York, and the Bay Area where she completed a residency at Krowswork in 2016. She is also a past Alternative Exposure Grantee from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Ema Chang is a lingerie designer and artist based in Taipei. Chang focuses on physical autonomy and women's rights in contemporary art and society to create new work. Chang also photographs art events for White Fungus Magazine. She has photographed performances by artists including Betty Apple and Kaya Hanasaki.
Magali Charmot + Alice Charmot Dissonance is the collaboration of two sisters coming to terms with the reality of tragedy through their own emotional and physical scars. A story which seeks truth in the light of transformation, Dissonance is a mirror play of perceptions and perspectives that aims to reconcile the disturbing and the peaceful. The work is a collection of "Skinscapes," akin to topographic maps, that represent a journey of personal exploration.
Magali is a design researcher & strategist who helps brands and organizations transform and innovate from the inside out. She helps design experiences inspired by a contextual and holistic understanding of our human experience. She taught Creative Strategy at AAU (Academy of Art University) and her work as a Research & Innovation Director at SEEK Company and more recently as the Founding Principal at KULT has taken her around the world to hear people’s stories, their struggles, and making their lives better through meaningful design solutions. As an expert in the practice of empathy and human-centered methodologies, she has taught and also infused her work with various topics ranging from anthropology, neuroscience, semiotics, to cognitive psychology, and adult learning theory. Her passion for the intricacies of the human experience is also found in her work as a multidisciplinary artist. Magali has a passion for the arts and culture world and aims to advance its impact on everyday life. Her subjects of predilection focus on questions of identity, hybridity, and the mind-blowing experience of awe.
Eilish Cullen grew up in Seattle and received her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts and her MFA at San Francisco State University. In 2016, she was awarded the NUIG Scholarship through UC Berkeley to attend post-graduate coursework in Galway, Ireland, and was an artist in residence at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales. She recently presented the paper,"Utopian Visioning and Irish Live Art" at the 2017 California Celtic Conference and her current projects include an illustrated series for Louis Bourgeois’ The Gar Diaries; the design and illustration for Treibh, UC Berkeley’s Celtic Studies’ quarterly journal; and Mapping City Stories: Boeddeker Park, a storytelling project in collaboration with San Francisco Parks and Recreation, UC Berkeley, and the Tenderloin Clubhouse. She has curated public programs for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Dem Passwords Gallery, New Langton Arts, The Lab, and Point Montara Lighthouse showcasing experimental sound concerts with established and emerging artists from across the globe.
Qinmin Liu born 1990 in Changsha, China. Currently, she lives in New York and San Francisco.She is interested in the philosophy of choreography as it exists outside of dance. Her choreographic practice becomes a demonstration of her own cultural identity and her role in the social structure. Qinmin graduated with an MFA from School of Visual Arts. Her works have been shown at institutions such as: San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, American Dance Festival, Dance Mission Theater, SOMarts culture center, Soundwave biennial, San Francisco Tiny dance festival, Australia women media art and film festival, NYC present company gallery, NYC residencyunlimited program, SAFE house performing arts center, California state university-East Bay, Champlain College (Burlington), and Chinese television channel. In 2015, Qinmin was selected as the cover artist in the San Francisco Weekly newspaper.
Daniel Lorenze is a photo based artist living in San Francisco. He received his BFA with high distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006. His work centers around the collision of the intellectual and the sensual. How do I perceive myself? Or you? All the layers of knowing: Histories, impressions, joys, misunderstandings, musings and longings, memories… a kaleidoscope that grows in density over time the deeper the relation. Writing as a tool, to illustrate what is normally hidden and interior, the private and intimate... and bring it shamelessly forward, unfiltered and honest scrawled across the skin for all to see. No secrets. No hiding. Even though it is their bodies exposed, the nakedness and vulnerability are my own.
Michael Mersereau (b. 1977) is a multidisciplinary media artist and filmmaker. He is from the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, US and holds an MFA from Mills College (Oakland, California) and a BFA in Painting/Drawing from the California College of the Arts (San Francisco, California). Mersereau splits his time between San Francisco Bay Area and Montréal, Québec. He has exhibited in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Alex Nichols + Mushi Wooseong James Every language we develop has rules. For our chair conversations, there is: no talking, the person sitting in the chair is still, and the other person directs the silent conversation through movement. Each person takes a turn. This image expresses how we use our bodies to create poetry.
Alex Nichols “Communication is only as dynamic as it’s practiced. As a multidisciplinary artist and writer I examine communication and connection through experiential participation.” A native of San Francisco, Alex received her MFA from CCA in writing. She has participated in residencies and exhibited her work throughout the Bay Area and internationally including the Headlands Center for the Arts, Recology Artist in Residence Program, Southern Exposure, Berkeley Art Center, Bamboo Curtain Studios, NUMU Museum, Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture and MODERNISM Gallery.
Mushi Wooseong James “We only see and hear what we know”. Mushi Wooseong James approaches art from an anthropological standpoint. After receiving his BSc in Anthropology from UCL, Mushi relocated to Japan to partake in the JET programme. During his stay, Mushi’s underlining interest in the construction of individual and collective identities through social conditioning and body history led to ‘Microperspectives’, a documentary-style video series. This body of work was awarded Finalist at Milan Expo in 2015 and earned Mushi a residency at VAR Program in California. During the residency Mushi met artist Alex Nichols and formed a full-time collaborative duo to conceive projects such as the ‘Portable Studio’. Their bodies of work focus on the idea of communication and connection to explore the‘primal language’, an innate language that transcends gender, language, and culture. Mushi’s perspective is fundamentally informed by his mixed-race experience. Having been raised in South Korea and the UK, his research in navigating the relationship between self and other began early from an effort to understand his own heterogenous background in homogenous settings whether biological or cultural.
Jessica Resmond is a French American artist who received her BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Co-founder of MEI.collectiv in San Francisco (2007) with artist Jorge Bachman and now lives in Toulouse, France “My work takes many different forms; conceptual, sensuous, intuitive and slow process oriented. My constant research in philosophy, psychology and economy nourishes a deep interest for collective unconscious and animal ecosystems. I question invisible boundaries, where exchanges and transformations are slowly and silently embodied.My work includes site specific installations/scenography, costumes, photography, video and experimental multimedia collaborations.”
Ignacio Valero, PhD, is currently the 2017-2018 Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Art and Design of the Vienna Technological University, TU Wien. He is a tenured associate professor of humanities and sciences at CCA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has also taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Florida, University of the Andes, Xavier University of Colombia, and other universities. He continues to present work and lecture internationally. Ignacio was formerly at Madrid’s International Center for Environmental Education/United Nations Environment Program, CIFCA/UNEP, an environment and development consultant for UNDP, United Nations Development Program, the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, and US AID. He was a Senior Associate with the Colombian Science Foundation, COLCIENCIAS, Deputy Director General of INDERENA, Colombia's Environmental Protection Agency, and a member of the presidential environmental advisory council for the writing of the new Colombian constitution. Ignacio's current interests include the knowledge economy, technology and the creative industries, the political economy of the image, social media, consumption, desire, and the society of the spectacle; environment, globalization, and the commons; and the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of "archaic modernity" in science fiction, anime, gender and sexual difference, pop culture, and social movements. Stemming from these interests, he is researching and writing on affective platform capitalism, the passion and attention economies, innovation and global neoliberalism, big data, fake news, media, populism & democracy, social ecology, biopolitical production, and aesthetics, under his developing concepts of EcoDomics, the Aesthetic(s) of the Common(s), and the Emotariat. He is also interested in understanding practices leading to critical and creative pedagogies.
Jorge Bachmann is a multi-disciplinary artist deeply engaged in the sound-art community of San Francisco. Working across a wide range of explorations from subtle "Musique Concrète" Soundscapes to analog modular synth minimalism, his work and collaborations extend to performances and projects internationally in Europe and Asia. He has participated in projects and exhibitions in Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, The Lab, Berkeley Centre for New Music and Audio Technologies, Fort Mason Centre for Arts & Culture, Stanford Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Jorge Bachmann is also a member of TMT Artist Collective.