Corporeal Gestures: Fragmentary Explorations in the Cultivation of the Human Body
by Clive Knights
In 2019 Portland collage maker Clive Knights put out an international call for submissions of new work from collage artists, asking them to respond to nine “muses,” characterized as the bodily necessities of breathing, nourishing, sleeping, discharging waste, procreating, resisting the earth’s pull, communicating, aging and dying. The result was Corporeal Gestures: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Collage, a curated collection of work by more than 100 collage artists from 21 countries.
This book is the fully illustrated catalogue of all the work selected and exhibited in April 2022 at the School of Architecture, Portland State University. The work included in the publication represents a diverse, international response to the ways in which our actions, rhythms, relationships and shared experience of being alive are both predetermined and made possible by the modicum of matter borrowed from the world that constitutes each of our bodies. The project challenged collage artists to consider how one’s body is activated in the world – acting, gesturing, making – amidst the shared rhythms pertaining to our common, mortal predicament in a single, unfolding cosmos.
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