You inherited that from your father!
We dance our name
April 15 - May 28, 2016
Gallery 295 is excited to announce our upcoming solo exhibition featuring artist Mike Bourscheid’s exhibition You inherited that from your father! We dance our name as part of our 2016 Capture Photography Festival programming.
April 15 – May 28, 2016
Opening: Friday, April 15th, 7-9PM
Where lies the relationship between photography, performance, and object?
In Mike Bourscheid’s solo exhibition, You inherited that from your father! We dance our name, Gallery 295 becomes the site for a large-scale sculpture surrounded with three photographs of the artist dressed as a ballet dancer. The sculpture, a large slanted glass object, has plush phallic objects of varying hues of skin-tone intersecting it, and Bourscheid’s self-portraits with these objects act as stand-ins for a performance and performer in place of the artist. Within the gallery setting, the artist sets a stage for a correspondence between cultural history, masculinity, fables, and the performed body. In this installation, the conversation between these works sets the stage for a candid arrangement of circumstances, all of which are emphasized by the Bourscheid’s choreographed poses for the camera.
The flesh tones of the phallic, stuffed objects are mirrored in the photographic mount, where the analogue are bordered by lace in hues of brown and pink, while their installation against the wall, mirrors the lean of Bourscheid’s large sculpture. This arrangement further re-emphasizes the blurred distinction between the ability of photography to stand in place of the performance itself, and the reliance of an observer. The resulting images trigger the shutter release by the weight of his body; the photographic space bleeds into the sculptural installation and allows for a permeation of a performed body.
MIKE BOURSCHEID lives and works in Luxembourg and Vancouver. He holds an MFA from the University of Arts Berlin (UdK). In his present body of work, Bourscheid translates his heritage through sculpture, photography, and performance. His work operates to express darker social and political concerns through the device of humour. He was recently nominated for the Robert Schuman Award for Emerging Artists (Luxembourg).