Be/Longing

Be/Longing is the first exhibition of the gallery since the global onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibition will feature latex sculptures, photography, and works on paper by Heidi Bucher, Catherine Opie, Angel Otero, and Suh Se Ok. In view of the recent self-isolation measures taken globally, this exhibition explores each artistโ€™s innumerable ways of dealing with alienation due to sex and sexual orientation discrimination, desire for family and family, and distance from the community. The word game on the title evokes a sense of belonging to loneliness and a general desire for companions and connections.

Each artist expressed as be/long participates in the theme of connection, belonging and isolation in his own way. Opie created a portrait of the rich in the LBGTQ+ community to make the often representative group invisible, while Otero created an abstract representation of family and friends through a labor-intensive process that uses silicone and graphite powder to explore the amorphous nature of memory Nature and how it transforms time. Suh decomposed the portrait into bare elements and created a series of ink paintings on paper depicting isolated or linked portraits representing the relationship between the individual and the community. In Bucherโ€™s work, the portrait was completely omitted-the artist used latex to capture branding of living spaces and objects, these spaces and objects retain the remnants of occupants.

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