FACILITY OF MOVEMENT
NOVEMBER 9-DECEMBER 21, 1991
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 6-8 PM
The Tomoko Liguori Gallery is pleased to present a special photographic installation by New York based artist David LaChapelle. This is LaChapelle’s seventh one-man show and his first for the Tomoko Liguori Gallery which now represents him.
His installation entitled “Facility of Movement” represents a dramatic departure from the format of his previous photographic works. Hundreds of cut-up color photos of nude figures have broken free of their conventional rectangular frame and are directly mounted onto the gallery wall. The theatricality of his previous photographic tableaux is now central to his new work. The viewer’s interaction with each work evokes a different aesthetic and emotional reaction. Some of the photos appear on a huge “chain” of humanity and this photographic chain is strung from one wall to another
The installation was inspired by various trips to the Caribbean where LaChapelle encountered small tin replicas of figures and isolated body parts used in Latin cultures as “ex-voto” of “milagro” objects. They are used to give hope and resolution to ills that science or traditional medicine cannot mend.
LaChapelle recently stated that his central goal is to “reclaim the figure from pornography and commerce and present it in a context that commands profound respect.”
The Tomoko Liguori Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM. For Further information or photos please contact Margaret Allen at: 212-334-0190.