Thursday, August 21, 2008
Alison Brady & Ryoko Suzuki at Randall Scott Gallery, Aug. 23-Sept. 5, 2008
Alison Brady, Teal Suitcase
Ryoko Suzuki, Bind No. 2
RSG is excited to bring you the final segment of our 8 Summer exhibition,
Alison Brady and Ryoko Suzuki
Alison Brady's imagery lingers in the discussion of madness and alienation in relationship with contemporary culture. She aims to stimulate unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified within a dynamic that vacillates between the real and the fantasized.
These emotions are depicted in terms of visual conflict through her imagery, and manifested in terms of grotesque exaggeration. While investigating issues related to the unconscious, elements such as eroticism, twisted humor, and horror come across. The creation of dichotomies between the sensual and the horrific, the beautiful and the destructive; result in a body of work comprised of deeply emotional and disturbing depictions of the unknown.
Ryoko Suzuki comments on the cultural boundaries subjected to females and children in her native Japan. "Bind", a series of images in which Suzuki bound her body with blood soaked pigskin, was her declaration of independence form the confines that her parents and society placed upon her. As a child, she was taught to believe in the information provided her on how to live her life. When Suzuki removes the bindings, off camera, the temporary scars are her coming of age, a passage into the adoption of her own individuality, sexuality and Womanhood.
Ryoko Suzuki, currently is based in Berlin. Her images have been collected by the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo.
Randall Scott Gallery
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
1/2 block south of Rhode Island at 14th Street NW
2nd floor above Thai Tanic Restaurant
Source: Randall Scott Gallery