• Exhibition

A Vessel, a Veil

06 May–21 May 2019

New works by A. Faysal Altunbozar and Martha Poggioli

Curated by Duncan Bass

The works in A Vessel, a Veil simultaneously reveal the body as an architectural space and anthropomorphize the built environment, collapsing the distinctions between interior and exterior. Excavating the material histories of internal prosthetics, Poggioli’s recent work explores the tension between containment and concealment within corporeal and societal structures. Focusing on vernacular technologies embedded in queer culture, Altunbozar’s contributions hide in plain sight, oscillating between hyper-visibility and poetic disguise. Together, these contrasting modes of abstraction insist on an uncanny intimacy between objects, bodies, and the spaces they construct.

A. Faysal Altunbozar (b. 1993) is an interdisciplinary artist who employs objects, texts, and installations to generate disorienting moments that play with the overarching power structures imposed upon us. An MFA recipient from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, his work has been exhibited in Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Martha Poggioli (b. 1988) is an artist working within design, media and social discourse. Her practice explores the consequences of overlooked systems and objects in relationship to the body. An MFA recipient from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she will undertake the LeRoy Neiman Foundation Ox-Bow Fellowship in the Summer of 2019.

Duncan Bass (b. 1990) is a cultural critic, curator, and art historian researching the intersections of art and contemporary culture, with an emphasis on the societal implications of technology and the politics of visuality. Bass is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied Art History, Theory, & Criticism, and Arts Administration & Policy.