The Hall of Disappearing at the Chicago Artists' Coalition
| Oct 2012 |
The Hall of Disappearing was a solo exhibition of new work at the BOLT Residency Gallery at the CAC, which was the culmination of a year-long studio residency.
Please see the Projects and Sculpture section for more images and information on individual works from The Hall of Disappearing.
EXCERPTED FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: Referencing wunderkammers and museum displays, many pieces are placed under bell jars like specimens or relics. Wall-mounted works are displayed on shelf-fungus or on wooden shelves made to mimic shelf-fungus. Rather than present a dichotomy, Kendler seeks to complicate this relationship between Nature and Culture, using both “real” and “fake” materials in many works -- for example recycled raccoon fur with faux fur, or wild-harvested moss with plastic moss. Themes of mimicry, doubling and camouflage continue throughout the show.
The works range in scale, from delicate porcelain birds overgrown with lichen, to a furred hill entitled Burial Mound. The careful viewer may also notice some surprises hidden throughout the space, suggesting the subjective nature of our experiences.
Behind Burial Mound is a work titled Therianthropy -- a word meaning the metamorphosis of a human into another type of animal. Informed by Kendler’s research into the nature of animal (primordial) consciousness, the piece initially appears to be an iconic camping tent, complete with mud-caked boots sitting at the entryway. Upon coming closer, we realize the muddy boots are flecked with gold-leaf, suggesting an approach through holy ground. The tent itself has been reconstructed from hand-dyed orange silk, and its interior is lined with thick fur.
Viewers are invited to enter this second-skin or stomach of an animal, and are invited remove their clothes once zipped-up inside, in the dark, where they can have their own experience of the work.
Kendler is interested in de-and-re-constructing our clichéd abstractions of nature in order to reclaim something that belongs to us all. The Hall of Disappearing attempts to create for us a visceral, bodily experience, seeking to reinvigorate our participation in the natural world...and re-sensitize us to it’s wonders.