New series by Canadian artist Dominique Paul continues to investigate metamorphosis, using the fragments of male and female human bodies she cuts from illustrations and magazines.
NEW YORK CITY | Canadian visual artist Dominique Paul plays with the representation of the body and explores its transformation. This notion of body transformation informs Paul’s fantastical invention of hybrid creatures. Paul’s opulent tableaux utilizes collage, photography, and animation.
From April 20 to May 27, 2023, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA will present Dominique Paul Playing Fields, the Canadian artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition features Paul’s opulent tableaux utilizing collage, photography, and animation. It will also feature a video documentation of her interactive performance and a related artifact.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 20, 6-8pm. A gallery talk with the artist and independent curator Ayelet Danielle Aldouby* will take place Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm. (Aldouby is a curator-at-large of IDEAS xLab et Special Projects Curator, Residency Unlimit.)
In Dominique Paul‘s Insects of Suriname series, for example, the lacy cutouts of bodybuilder’s flesh from magazines are buoyed by colorful consumer products. The surrealistic scenes share space with flora and insects illustrated by Maria S. Merian, a Baroque-era naturalist documenting metamorphosis of insects.
Taking the form of a botanical mandala, Paul strives to express a sense of urgency in the playing fields of our human-centric society that overuses the planet’s resources. In her Escapist series, an extremely hybrid human figure floats in a cosmic background as if she/he is preparing to find another planet to dwell on. Paul boldly envisions a future where the genetic code of living organisms is altered, and a strange new hierarchy among sentient beings emerges.
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