Opening Friday, August 17th, at 6PM
On view through Thursday, September 6th
Chicago Artists’ Coalition is pleased to present All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now, a solo exhibition by BOLT Resident artist Amber Hawk Swanson chronicling the artists’ transformation of a sex-doll made in her own image to that of an orca whale in captivity. In the resulting work, Amber Doll > Tilikum, ideas surrounding agency and objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one’s own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects. Twelve pounds of silicone flesh were all that was left of Amber Doll’s original form after Tilikum was sculpted. Hawk Swanson displays the non−orca parts of Amber Doll—there are no “scraps,” no “leftovers,” and no “extras”—each piece matters in the struggle to [re]gain agency from objectification. All That is Left of You / Everything You Are Now invites viewers to observe the transformation process in a 36-hour Amber Doll > Tilikum video and to view protected pieces of silicone flesh.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 17 from 6-9pm, and the exhibition will run through September 6, 2012.