FJORD is pleased to present Other Bodies, an exhibition of works by artists Emily Culver and Elliot Doughtie. Curated by gallery member Kyle Kogut, the exhibition will be on view from June 7th to July 28th, and an opening reception will take place on June 14th from 6-9 pm. This exhibition of objects, sculptures and collaborative installations transform the domestic, familiar, and functional into a space of fluidity and foreignness.
At the core of both artist’s work is a desire to form intimate relationships between objects and the body. Objects are metaphors for a body in a state of flux, channeling the uncertain, defying expectation, and not functioning as something “should”. Embracing a perception of queerness, the works reject definition and savor the question of “what is it?”, through which function or non-function play a role to disrupt the viewer’s accepted normality. The works embody a physical change, exchange and potential. At times their solidarity in purpose is undermined, and at times their existence as objects is questioned. Both artists work within a language of a tactile familiarity, inviting the viewer with a need or want to be haptically engaged; utilizing skin like materials, infinitely punched paper, and handles to be held. The works also explore how the body works (or perhaps doesn’t), presenting vessels to be filled, plumbing to transport contents, knobs to be turned, or a seat to be inhabited.
The uncanniness of these works and the relationships that occur between them challenge the viewer to reflect on their own uncertainties or boundaries implemented upon themselves.
Emily Culver is a multimedia object maker originally from rural Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ; University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO (forthcoming); Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY; Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA; FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
She has received awards including a WJA Scholarship, the Ernst Toth Scholarship, and a MJSA Scholarship in 2015; a WMIA Scholarship and the Carl and Olga Milles Scholarship in 2016; and a Mercedes-Benz New Beginnings Award in 2017. Culver was the recipient of the Stuart Thompson Haystack Fellowship in 2016 and a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship in 2017. She also accepted an eleven-month Artist-in-Resident position at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in May of 2017. Culver attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM in 2012. In 2017, she received her Masters of Fine Art in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Elliot Doughtie is a Baltimore-based artist originally from Texas and Louisiana, whose transdisciplinary studio practice encompasses drawing, sculpture, collage and site-specific installation. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Canada, including shows at the Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas, TX), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), University of Texas (Austin, TX), Terrault Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), 500X Gallery (Dallas, TX), Alt Esc (Brooklyn, NY), and Re:Art show (Brooklyn, NY). He recently mounted two solo shows in the fall of 2017: Lost Earring at School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD) and Moon Dwellers at Mount St. Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, MD). Doughtie received a B.A. in art history from Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) in 2007, and a M.F.A. from the Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 2015. His work has been featured in reviews published in ArtFCity, Artnet News, Glasstire, The Washington Post, Vice The Creators Project, among others, and is featured in Issue 04 of BMoreArt (print journal).
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