Carolee Schneemann
In the Underground Gallery: CEPA Gallery presents a suite of seventeen 20 inch by 24 inch gelatin silver prints from Carolee Schneemann’s 1963 series, Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions.  The images on display are courtesy of Carolee and P.P.O.W. Gallery in NYC and have been printed by CEPA Gallery as part of CEPA Projects. 

Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist, transformed the definition of art, especially discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.  Her painting, photography, performance art and installation works have shown at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and most recently in a retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York entitled “Up To And Including Her Limits”

Schneemann states about Eye Body... I wanted my actual body to be combined with the work as an integral material-- a further dimension of the construction... I am both image-maker and image. The body may remain erotic, sexual, desired, desiring, but it is as well votive: marked, written over in a text of stroke and gesture discovered by my creative female will.

installation images, click to enlarge