Shana Kaplow: Inhabit

June 18, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery, SJU


Shana Kaplow’s ink paintings, wall installations, and videos reflect her interest in what is sensed but not seen, activating what cultural theorist, Sara Ahmed calls “the absent presence”.  In her installations, images of mass-produced furniture such as chairs, tables, pillows, stepladders, and worker’s stools become stand-ins for the body’s psychological and political presence.  Choosing objects that extend, elevate or support the body, Kaplow’s portrayals conjure the presence of the user but also the bodies of the workers who produced them and questions how are individual lives connected to the larger social and global forces?  Kaplow is interested in looking at these relationships hidden from sight, intimate, or held at a distance.

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