2.28 – 4.4 2020
opening reception Friday, February 28 (5-9 PM)
I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough,
To stop in company with the rest at evening is enough,
To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so
lightly round his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
– Walt Whitman, “I Sing the Body Electric,” Leaves of Grass, 1855
Quappi Projects is pleased to present I Do Not Ask Any More Delight: the body and contemporary intimacy, a group exhibition featuring nineteen diverse artists from Louisville, New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Dayton, Seattle, as well as Germany and Brazil.
One of the most important functions an artist performs is that of a guide capable of intrepidly leading us into uncomfortable territories, an idea Louise Bourgeois conveyed when she said “An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.” What feels dangerous in the world beyond the gallery or the studio often feels safe to examine within it; such is the case with the human body. Our bodies are paradoxes: omnipresent and undeniable, at once unavoidably public, yet also often protected, hidden, or something of which we are made to feel ashamed. The human body as an artistic subject feels extraordinarily familiar but can also still elicit intense responses; when one considers this dichotomy, such a customary theme remains alluring.
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