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“The Fleeting Other,” Body Archives Students Exhibit at OnArt Gallery

SACI Body Archives students present a selection of artworks in “The Fleeting Other,” an exhibition at OnArt Gallery

Students in the Body Archives course at SACI, led by instructor Dejan Atanackovic, presented selected works from the semester for “The Fleeting Other,” an exhibition held at OnArt Gallery in Florence on April 4th.

The show included works by Ariana Blaeuer, Caroline Berzi, Mary Crenshaw, Karryl Eugene, Edith Hollander, Sydney Krantz, Chris Norcross, Sara Oates, and Nhi Le Phoung, and was curated by Dejan Atanackovic.

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Participating Artists:

Nhi Le Phoung: My Colour Your Our Colour Our
Sometimes people try to force their values on others without knowing it. In order to represent this, the performers are painted with different colours and try to remove other people’s colours and simultaneously apply their colours on others.

Karryl Eugene: And The Winner is
This video piece is about showcasing the praise and admiration for the North Sentinelese. I appreciate their harmonious efforts to stay isolated from the world. The North Sentinelese is an African tribe that inhabits the North Sentinel island located in the Bay of Bengal. This tribe is believed to be living a prehistoric stone age lifestyle in modern time. Their aggression to fight off intruders from the island and not allow themselves to mix and integrate with modern society is intriguing to me. Through this, they don't find themselves subject to the often greed of colonialism. When thinking about the idea of the “other” in the scope of my knowledge, this tribe of people stood out to me as the most unknown to society who actively try and keep it as such.

Sydney Krantz: Who was I? A Memory Archive
The “other” is typically defined as something outside of ourselves. That which is “other” is unfamiliar to us. Through this series of paintings, I wanted to approach the idea of otherness from a slightly different perspective, and look inward. When considering the idea of the “other,” it occurred to me that there are versions of myself that feel entirely disparate from the person I am now. I can’t remember what made me laugh when I was 8. I can’t remember what my bedroom looked like when I was 13. I remember things like the purple dress I wore to my brother’s birthday party, or the fruit loops I ate for breakfast. My memories from childhood are sparse and random, and the versions of me they represent feel outside of myself. They feel other. These paintings archive those memories, and the versions of me I no longer know.

Ariana Blaeuer: Whence You Came
"Whence You Came" is a series of digital collages focusing on the violent and unmindful ways humankind treats nature and all its inhabitants. My work is inspired by a common event of growing up in rural New Jersey, where black bears -- distant by nature, unless provoked -- were shot on sight if they ever once entered a home in search of food, despite the fact that most of these homes were situated within the natural bear territory. With my work, I hope the viewer will develop a renewed compassion for the natural world, and with that, a yearning to end its suffering at the hands of fellow humans. Elements are sourced from a variety of material, including, but not limited to, the Official Boy Scout Handbook (1965 edition), antique National Geographic magazines, and a January 1997 edition of Harper's magazine.

Caroline Berzi: Fragile Liaison
Caroline draws upon her own personal narrative on united bonds and the delicacy of human emotions through a complex, yet calm, modeled sculpture. "Fragile Liaison" is a see-through oval silhouette installation of medium size built with fine wire that is painted in matt orange and is joined with hemp twine. The artwork, like its title mentions, is precisely labored via multiple eccentric connections and suggests an organic ambiguous form taking the shape of a living organ. Despite the cluttered, unorthodox ties, its visual presence is subtly demonstrating the inability to separate or untie each material, which the artist describes as similar to Mind and Body. The softly bonded cord holds the silhouette through the center and surroundings with loose uneven ends that compliment the piece charmingly. The gentle translucent curve and lengthened thread offer a calm atmosphere in contrast with the mysterious form.

Mary Crenshaw: Bodily Horizon
The work is inspired by images of Greek antiquity, glorifying the athletic body. The contrast between the softness of landscape and the sharp details on the skin represents idealism versus realism. The work exemplifies the contrast of a soft environment versus very raw parts of myself.

Edith Hollander: Gender Mobile
The otherness of femininity is a subject that has come to be quintessential to feminism since the second-wave movement. In a binary system, the male is upheld as superior and the female defined only as what male is not. “Gender Mobiles” is an attempt to visibly express the thought that gender is not essential, but rather expressions of culturally enforced habits that are posed as natural. The figures in this piece offer visions of feminine contortions and hang in a structure that imitates a baby’s mobile.

Chris Norcross: Keep The View
"As soon as the incoming laminated signs
give their historic indication,
One of Them assured,

I’m the mane of immediate affection,
I see how gardens were showered
By the ancient tree.
I’m the person to the head of that flower.

You - the careful noise?
Where is everybody ?
and when can we see
what is going to happen?"

Sara Oates: You Are Fleeting
The topic of this artwork is otherness. I chose to focus on Alzheimer’s, as my grandma is in the fifth stage of this disease. Alzheimer’s has 7 stages and my project asks 7 questions; this disease goes unnoticed until stage 3 because the first two stages are just like the aging of a normal brain. I wanted to show what it’s like to forget everything about yourself and how it feels to watch someone you know and love forgetting everything about themselves.  


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