Sticky Entanglements at Transformer features multi-media works by Beth Yashnyk and Fanni Somogyi, who explore glitch as a point of metamorphosis. Human and non-human bodies are dissected and fragmented, questioned and observed, and then reassembled in distinct ways into new hybrid forms that push the boundaries of gender and life itself. The narrative that develops between the sculptures, animations, and paintings offers paths to speculative ideas of relationships to one's self and others.
While Yashnyk approaches glitch from a perspective of gender, aiming to upset the hierarchies and conflate notions of identity, Somogyi builds speculative critters that ponder the nuances of our relationship with non-human beings and the possibilities of collaborative kinship. Both artists fragment and layer aspects of bodies to create surreal works that encourage a suspension of disbelief.
Touch is also an essential element in their work through representation of hands, mouth, and sensory antennas or through the varied use of materials and textures. Yashnyk and Somogyi explore how touch affects our perceptions of our environment, others, and our own body. The artist builds with laser-cut plexiglass, wood, vellum, steel polyurethane, silicone, paint, and plants. Both of their work has taken on a format of installation and they are drawn to creating an immersive environment with their work where their individual objects build a larger narrative.
The notion of "sticky" does not only appear as a visual motif through body fluids but also through the use of certain materials such as silicone. From a metaphorical perspective, sticky also implies gumminess. Sticky things almost always leave a residue. Our interactions with others affect and contaminate our identity and lived experience. As we relate to others (human and non-human) we can gain empathetic observation skills and new ways of experiencing the world. These ideas of glitch can inform our collaborations with other beings and technologies to create more liveable and equitable worlds.
Press: Sticky Entanglements Presents an Amorphous Carnival of Bodies - Washington City Paper
Artist Talk (near bottom of page)
Images by Camille DeSanto