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Jeremy Ficca

3 X 4608


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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3 X 4608 dislocates the neutral continuity of the gallery floor to confront our understanding of everyday materiality. Our sense of floor as a single-sided, painted surface is altered through the relocation and material exploitation of the ordinary plywood sheet. The relative thinness of the sheets is no longer a convenient means to cover up the messiness of the past. It becomes a formative device that is amplified through repetitive material removal and is reliant upon essential material characteristics. The revealed floor establishes an alternative narrative that is informed by traces of prior use and abuse.

Curated by Mary Lou Arscott


Gestures 16: Intimate Friction, March 30 - November 30, 2012
About The Artist

Jeremy Ficca attended Virginia Tech for a Bachelor of Architecture. He then attended Harvard University for a Post-Professional Master of Architecture. He is an educator devising new ways to construct forms of elegance. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Digital Fabrication Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture.

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