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Jerstin Crosby

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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Through video, sculpture, and two-dimensional works, Crosby makes reference to a spectrum of source material, like the classic rock hit Smoke on the Water, Magic 8 Balls, Eminem, Alf, and KFC bucket-wearing guitarist, Buckethead. This contextual paradigm draws strength from Crosby’s free-associative processes, where darkly humorous combinations become syntagmatic shrines to animal rights and environmental activism.

Curated by Katherine Talcott

When

2011

About The Artist

Jerstin Crosby creates interdisciplinary works that combine seemingly unrelated contexts into forms that are both humorous and subversively dark. His broad approach to art encompasses an array of individual art projects, and collaborations, in addition to working as a designer, and a publisher of artist editions. His work has been exhibited internationally, at Cell Projects in London, the 9th Shanghai Biennial in China, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Exit Art, La Galería de Comercio in Mexico City, and Kallio Kunsthalle Taidehalli in Helsinki. He received an MFA from the University of North Carolina and is the Founder of Acid Rain, a project that distributes artwork through mass media such as television broadcasts and electronic publications. His projects have been written about in publications such as ARTFORUM, and Art Papers, among others.

Through video, sculpture, and two-dimensional works, Crosby makes reference to a spectrum of source material, like the classic rock hit Smoke on the Water, Magic 8 Balls, Eminem, Alf, and KFC bucket-wearing guitarist, Buckethead. This contextual paradigm draws strength from Crosby’s free-associative processes, where darkly humorous combinations become syntagmatic shrines to animal rights and environmental activism.

Curated by Katherine Talcott

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