Body Building: The Art of the Human Figure


ON VIEW: February 21- April 8, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 21 from 6-9 PM

'Body Building: The Art of the Human Figure' is a national juried exhibition focusing on new and innovative artwork made about or featuring the human figure. This not only means literal technical depictions of the human figure, but also conceptual artwork examining the body, treatment of marginalized bodies, body issues, etc.






Top Image: 


I will lay on the floor just to call for help, Emily Legleitner 

In terms of grasping both the technical and conceptual depiction of being human, Legleitner’s piece provides a pedestal for the minor everyday occurrences of privacy and vulnerability. Across her portfolio of woodcut prints, Legleitner has explored the blurred lines between self-deprecating and self-compassionate behaviors. This particular piece has even gone on to garner critical acclaim, winning the 2019 Michigan Greater Artists Exhibition Best in Show at Midland Center for the Arts.


Additional Artwork (Listed Clockwise):


Body Felt, Laren Darpel

Lauren Darpel, whose work “Body Felt” explores the objective and subjective experiences of her body. Through its use of dense vocabulary and felted material reminiscent of a medical examination bed, Darpel’s piece reflects a body without explicit imagery and trauma without explicit explanation.


Bask I, Devon Brantley

Starting off the celebration of the flesh is Davon Brantley’s Bask I. Standing at 6 feet tall and masked in shades of purples and pinks, the resulting portrait leaves a lingering expression of heightened emotions and dissociative behaviors.


Blue Paisley, John Paradiso

John Paradiso’s art is an on-going exploration of gay male identity and a celebration of masculinity that is informed by the feminine. With works like Blue Paisley, Paradiso expresses a sex-positive message through the romanticized viewpoint of hand-stitched contour drawings.


This Raft Of Ours (Devour), Matthew Robertson

Masked in fractured and kaleidoscopic bits of color and flesh, Robertson is fascinated by memory and all of its imperfections. From introspection to identity, works such as This Raft of Ours aim to study the role memory plays in the construction of our self-perception and worldviews.