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Opening: Liz Barr & M Slater - Fit

  • University City Arts League 4226 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

In Fit, Liz Barr and M Slater connect their work on the construction of bodies and spaces to consider processes of shaping. Through photography, sculpture, and text-based work, both artists confront everyday rituals and domestic worlds to figure out new possibilities for fabricating space, language, and bodies. The result is a complex interplay between alternative visions of living, the strain of negotiating boundaries, and the uncanniness of approximations that don’t quite match.

M SLATER is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. In sculpture, text-based pieces, and photography, she deals with the constant negotiation of space. By looking at objects, rooms, and language systems, M considers how we move through the world and interact the things around us, and how those negotiations can produce possibilities of both living differently and being different. However, as new worlds open up, they also operate within a constant field of tension. There are visible limitations to the structures, names, and available space present in M’s work, and the result is a complex web of exchange.

M received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She has exhibited at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia, The Woodmere Art Museum, The Brodsky Gallery, Fjord Gallery, and most recently at Little Berlin. She is the founder of the “anti-branding” and “post-logo” design studio BELSH ( / ig: @m.slater_

LIZ BARR is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. Her work examines the means and motivations of manipulating the body, revealing the internal and external forces that shape it. She focuses in particular on mundane beauty and hygiene regimens. During these rituals, organic and synthetic materials rub up against each other, chafing at the boundaries of “real” and “fake.” Liz’s work emphasizes this tension and the uncanny nature of beauty and hygiene products, which imitate, enhance, and exaggerate body parts. By abstracting these gendered materials and creating alternative uses for them, she subverts the gendered norms which they are meant to uphold, and explores their creative potential.

Liz received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She has exhibited in group shows in Philadelphia, PA; Brooklyn, NY; Milwaukee, WI; and Cluj-Napoca, Romania; as well as a solo show at the Brodsky Gallery in Philadelphia. / ig: @lizbarrrr