Many years ago, someone akin to a death doula said that we can greet passages in to and out of this world with the same words: we love you and support you on your journey. The three-part exhibition of sculptural paintings, documentation of ephemeral works created in nature, and print takeaways, is an offering to share the journey together. The arc is rooted in full spectrum advocacy: support for reproductive health, cancer awareness, end of life, and healing. The three parts represent our passages and living mythologies guided by precepts of accessibility, advocacy and the collective archive. The works are records of their own transformations. The takeaways serve as discursive tools and invite us to act together. The figurative watercolors on polymer, exposed to a kind of proverbial funeral pyre, become twisting skins merging ever closer to the body from which they were formed. The ephemeral paintings are made in and return to the landscape. We are one body.
Image credit: Alex Chowaniec
Top: Alex Chowaniec I am putting down new roots (Transplant Portrait), 30x40in, Archival digital print on paper,2022
Left: Alex Chowaniec We will always be a part of each other IV, 30x40in, Archival digital print on paper, 2022
Right: Alex Chowaniec We will always be a part of each other II, 30x40in, Archival digital print on paper, 2022
A Canadian artist living in New York, Alex Chowaniec’s projects engage intertwined questions of technology and the body; a gendered body as asocial technology, and a national body as enviro-political mythology.
La MaMa Galleria
Founded in 1984, La Galleria is a nonprofit gallery committed to nurturing experimentation in the visual arts. La Galleria encourages an active dialogue between new media, performance, the plastic and visual arts, curatorial projects, and educational initiatives. It serves the East Village community by offering diverse programming to an inter-generational audience, and expanding the parameters of a traditional gallery space. As a non-profit, La Galleria is able to provide artists and curators with unique exhibition opportunities that are largely out of reach in a commercial gallery setting.