Sun Seekers featuring artists Amy and Jennifer Khoshbin, promotes re-connection with the physical realm as a form of healing.
Amy and Jennifer, a sister duo in the arts collective House of Trees, present a new series of sculptures and drawings meant to dissolve the heavy weight surrounding us during the pandemic into a greater awareness of the body, dismembering and remembering mythologies around healing and somatics.
Sun Seekers references the artists’ science fiction-meets-reality narrative about a group of people who spend most of their time indoors on screens while consuming flowers and wearing absurd anti-anxiety analog objects to reconnect their bodies to the natural world. These ameliorative objects reflect natural light from the sun to undo the draining effect of blue screen light, help plants flourish in an inhospitable environment, and shine their light both inward and outward. The Sun Seekers travel around the city, finding shards of light to reflect and keep both themselves and those around them feeling human, warm and alive. The Sun Seekers mythology is inspired by the radical aesthetics and liberatory philosophies of Sun Ra and Audre Lorde that address the importance of healing, humor, creative resistance, and physical pleasure.
Amy’s sculptural series uses tactile materials like weighted blankets, pantyhose, felt, and eye masks to promote a sense of touch and intimacy. Sculptures like the Hugging Chair and Weighting to Exhale cape serve as artifacts from the world of the Sun Seekers while also intending to re-awaken the senses that are so often disregarded in our digital landscape. Jennifer’s intricate drawings, Pile Up #1 and #2, along with her botanical resin sculptures, evoke a return to the natural environment, and create a sense of surrealist nostalgia as an escape from our current world.
Sun Seekers builds upon our previous exhibition Against DOOM TV, a collaboration between Amy Khoshbin and Macon Reed that also tapped into the history of artists using the absurd and play to make imagining a just future more fun and radical.
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