Cucumber Bones

TOVES, Copenhagen
August 22 – September 20, 2014

Hannah Heilmann, Uffe Isolotto, Renaud Jerez, Travis Jeppesen, Christian Jeppsson, Yves Scherer, Matthew Smith, Alex Turgeon

Organized with Christian Jeppsson

Cucumber Bones deals with our predilection for attributing human characteristics to objects. Similarly to when we recognize features or faces in pebbles or a cloud formation, we continually insist on incorporating human characteristics in the design of our everyday appliances, often using cute and emotive anthropomorphisms to counteract their inanimate properties. This wish seemingly opposes the contemporary human self-image that is migrating towards a more clinical, technological state of being.

Cucumber Bones features a group of works that in different ways explore forms of anthropomorphisms and their inherent connection to notions of nature-culture. In function and gesture these works oscillate between human and artificial, between utility and fog.

In media such as animation, sculpture, assemblage, text and installation, these artists give inanimate objects human features while suggesting the foolishness, taboos and occasional banalities in being human.

This exhibition emerges from these diverse conceptions of human conditions, dealing both with physical and aesthetic characteristics within that range of (pseudo) bodily elements that we have become so invested in technically bridging.

August 22: Reading by Alex Turgeon and concert with NaEE RoBErts

September 20: SANS SOUCI Screamer-porn & tentacle fantasy screening hosted by Hannah Heilmann