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The Poetics of Flesh (2013)

Mike Binzer
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The exhibition Let Me Remember You as You Were Before You Existed is an exploration of the subtleties of embodied experience drawing on what I call ‘somatic knowledge’—an embodied, preconceptual and nonpropositional type of knowledge. I developed a sensitivity to this form of embodied understanding through intense somatic training—sixteen years of schooling in ballet. The artworks presented in the R.H.W. Foundation Gallery at the MacKenzie Art Gallery are an attempt to examine, through paint, somatic knowledge and to present a sense of embodied experience that challenges the dualisms created by the representational theory of perception. In an effort to present the subtleties of embodied experience—imminent embodied knowledge and meaning—I have faced the necessity of preventing the spectator from ‘reading’ the artwork and ascribing linguistic meaning to the paintings thereby transcending the materiality of the artworks with linguistic knowledge. Three strategies were implemented in my paintings in an effort to hold the spectator in a space of prelinguistic imminently felt meaning: dis-figuration, indeterminable spaces, and poetic titling. Dis-figuration is the process of reversing the signification of the painted body to present an asignifying flesh. The indeterminable space is meant to further unsettle the signifier-signified relationship by painting a palpable emptiness that is no place, but holds and envelopes the dis-figure. And finally, poetic titling is used for the paintings in an effort to have affective language intensify or point back to the affects presented in the artworks. I hope to exhibit a collection of paintings that present meaning that is not ‘read’, but instead felt, and touch upon a prelinguistic knowledge that expands a sense of who and what we, as human beings, are.
typeresearch exposition
date01/08/2011
published15/03/2013
last modified15/03/2013
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationThe University of Regina, SK, CANADA
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/32347/32348
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/rc.32347
published inResearch Catalogue


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33295 moon raked leaves pale venus blue (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33294 moon raked leaves pale venus blue Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33292 IMG_0285 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33288 as if the spine could break free (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33287 as if the spine could break free (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33286 as if the spine could break free Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33268 dissection 1 03-17 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33137 at certain times they do not touch the ground (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33136 at certain times they do not touch the ground (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33135 at certain times they do not touch the ground Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33131 how sleep is so much like death (detail 3) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33130 how sleep is so much like death (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33129 how sleep is so much like death (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33128 how sleep is so much like death Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33125 Floor Plan Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33123 MacKenzie Panorama 2 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33120 you are the silk and fragrance of night - the delicate apparatus of dreams (detail 3) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33119 you are the silk and fragrance of night - the delicate apparatus of dreams (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33118 you are the silk and fragrance of night - the delicate apparatus of dreams (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33117 you are the silk and fragrance of night - the delicate apparatus of dreams Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33113 so gravity has somthing to work with (detail 3) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33112 so gravity has somthing to work with (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33111 so gravity has somthing to work with (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33110 so gravity has somthing to work with Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33109 as if the spine could break free Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33105 with skin too taut over jagged bone (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33104 with skin too taut over jagged bone (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33103 with skin too taut over jagged bone Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33101 IMG_0300 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33096 FrankA1 London: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 1990 All rights reserved
33093 of the heart, and the sound of its breaking (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33092 of the heart, and the sound of its breaking (detail 2) (1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33091 of the heart, and the sound of its breaking (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33090 of the heart, and the sound of its breaking Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33087 Möbius_strip Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia All rights reserved
33084 speaking a cipher with no tongue (detail) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
33083 speaking a cipher with no tongue Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32977 nicolaes-tulp unknown All rights reserved
32975 nicolaes-tulp unknown All rights reserved
32972 listening to time (detail 3) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32971 listening to time (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32970 listening to time (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32969 listening to time Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32689 IMG_0297 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32686 between eros and thanatos (detail 3) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32685 between eros and thanatos (detail 2) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32684 between eros and thanatos (detail 1) Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32683 between eros and thanatos Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32677 IMG_0281 Mike Binzer All rights reserved
32607 MacKenzie Panorama 1 Mike Binzer All rights reserved

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