Named by artist Bonnie Thorne, BOOTY BODY is about patterns, the body, and the power of repeated marks and gestures over time. As in weight-lifting or dancing, there are patterns in art making. BOOTY BODY illuminates the repetitive moves that artists make in the studio and the incredible accumulation of marks, ideas, and physical work that can come with that. Repeated gestures at the potter’s wheel, loom, or easel form a kind of muscle memory that allow an artist to move nimbly from one piece to the next. Some artists in the exhibition, having called Interact their studio for over twenty years, are building massive bodies of work that trace decades of persistence as much as singular vision. BOOTY BODY also explores the body as an artist’s creative muse, and as one that can either align with or disrupt socio-political patterns. It presents bodies and the patterns that they wear or shirk, playing with fantasy, body image, and sexuality.
BOOTY BODY is curated by a team of artists and staff from Interact Center for the Visual & Performing Arts, a progressive visual arts studio and theater company whose work challenges perceptions of disability. At Interact, artists with and without disabilities work side by side every day as peer creators.
Visit Interact's web store to support BOOTY BODY artists working across fibers, drawing, painting and ceramics.
Andie Kiley, Untitled, 2019, Watercolor on paper
Andrew Seymour, Summer (black paper, white circles), 2019, Paint marker on paper
BDG Wolfe, The Learning Quilt, 2020, Mixed textiles
Bill Crane, Untitled, 2019, Marker on paper
Briana Shelstad, Wonder Woman Suit, 2019, Mixed textiles
Dan Schlag, Enjoyment, 2018, Marker on paper
Garret Anderson, Squirrel the Series!, 2020, Graphite on paper
HML, Muscle Suit, 2019, Mixed textiles
Janice Essick, Untitled (pink figure, arms up), 2015, Acrylic paint on paper
Katie Bretzman, Untitled (rainbow grid), 2019, Marker on paper
Katie Brinkman, Untitled (purple, orange, blue), 2019, Mixed media on paper
Kramer Hegenbarth, Monster, 2020, Ceramic
Loni Joy Watts, Vampires the Movie P.S. They Will Drink Your Blood Down Your Neck, 2019, Marker on paper
Peder Hagen, Cressian Textile, 2017, Color pencil on paper
Philip Price, Dante DMC, 2019, Mixed media on paper
Vance Diamond, Lightning (yellow wheel), Year unknown, Color pencil on paper