Evan Fusco and Elise Parisian

Out of Sight, Out of Body

April 21 - May 19, 2018

Elise Parisian,  Here,  2018, Screenprint on con-tact paper

Elise Parisian, Here, 2018, Screenprint on con-tact paper

Something emerges from the gaps between image and object, bodies and their others. Beyond the optical horizon, these cracks are not detected by sight, but through the experience of apparitional tactility – an ocular phantom limb. The experience of an object, its presence, and subsequent associations conjure an awareness of our own corporeal boundaries, the ends of our selves. The tendrils of memory make effort to expand these boundaries, connect, and form new nexuses of relations, associations and stabilize the distance by putting them into perspectives, where the “I/eye” is forever the focal point.  Certain phenomena, objects, and experiences, however shrug these tendencies for connection off, dislocating desire, and reversing the watchful gaze of the spectator. In these moments, the cracks open further and recognition enters crisis. Forms, once steadfast in their familiar ubiquity become mutable, and our own subjectivity’s codependence on this familiarity the “I am I, because you are you”, is similarly subjected to change. Space becomes co-occupational, we share it with entities and bodies that are not quite able to be named, and therefore, unable to be signified or sublimated. Independent, existent, and active, gazes are exchanged, desires are inflamed and a dance between subjects – mutually haunting one another by means of their common unknowability ensues. Out of Sight, Out of Body, pushes these relationships into a domestic sphere, reorganizing the architecture of the gallery space into a mirror image of itself – domestic space-as-exhibition-as-domestic space-as-exhibition. The work by Evan Fusco and Elise Parisian each push objects and forms – familiar or unfamiliar – to act upon both our own impulse to define, but also revel in the limits of our ability to name, relate, and recognize.  In their wake, they leave behind vespers of memory, shapes, and bodies, which once may have been named, but are now obscured from legibility but within the reach of apprehension all the same.