Between Beach Ball and Rubber Raft

Mar 25, 2009 - Mar 29, 2009

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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Paul Lee, Between a Beach Ball and a Rubber Raft, An Exhibition Curated by William Gass  in The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009. Photo by William Gass.

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Between Beach Ball and Rubber Raft is a group exhibition examining transcendental strategies in the face of contemporary banality. Pursuing marginal ideas and margin as an ideal, this show confronts static dread and the burden of existence. Photographic documentation, sculpture, and installation all become vapor, and dichotomies of body and object, presence and memory, in turn, reveal a definition of gas, and maybe even poetry.

This exhibition features sculpture by New York-based artist Paul Lee, who contorts the materiality and intention of everyday objects for melancholic ends. In a lifelong artistic work, Brooklyn-based artist BREYER P-ORRIDGE applies the cut-ups of mentor William Burroughs to their very own body, seeking to exit one container for a “third gender.” Alongside, Belgian artist Steve Van den Bosch’s videos and installations allude to an absent narrator in a present space.

Between Beach Ball and Rubber Raft is curated by William Gass.

 

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General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.