Through nine ceramic bowls, Yurim Gough unravels the complex narratives of performance, appearance, and gender fluidity. Her identity-oriented pieces, interspersed with layers of pencil rendering, thread, and other materials that may require nearly a dozen rounds of shots at multiple temperatures to complete, feature figures dressed in ostentatious costumes and elaborately painted faces. Gough’s vessels draw on aspects of queer culture and are disruptive and revisionary. At the same time, they reveal the dated and constructed nature of traditional gender categories and indulge in the history of those who have undermined norms.
Gough’s gold-studded collection will be featured as part of Salvage, a group show curated by Colossal’s founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson at the Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia. Opening tonight, January 22nd, Salvage tells how artists revive fragments of tradition and culture that are lost, banished to the periphery or buried forever. The exhibition that you can Virtual tourstarts with a live conversation with Jobson, Gough, André Schulze (previously) and Debra Broz (previously) – Tickets are available on Eventbrite– and runs until February 20th.
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