BENEATH THE SKIN
Beneath the Skin at OUTLETgallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Photographs and security camera footage courtesy of the gallery.
An installation by Cristin Richard, Capsule, is accompanied by music composed by Nate Czarling and video work by Matthew Caron. The installation is made up of her work reconstructing animal intestines into tangible objects. Below you can see images of 62-year-old model Jacky O'Shaughnessy (at the time, the newest face of American Apparel) wearing and performing with pieces that look like real dresses in real garment bags. Cristin's work resonates on a few different levels. She references aboriginal methods of using every part of a slaughtered animal (for instance, the kapitaq is an Inuit animal intestine garment), therefore bringing into focus modern human methods of production and the types of materials we use. Cristin's work also resonates on a more emotional level.
"I came upon the concept for this show through my own fear of aging. Obsessed with my own skin. Worried that I will fade, and become unnoticed. The work is helping me push through this." Beyond her personal feelings, the garments she has created project the feelings of any woman in our society, struggling within her own skin and expected to try to preserve her appearance.
In collaboration with Cristin, Matthew Caron created a video to accompany her work. The projection of rotating, symmetrical cellular structures were taken from samples of the material she utilized in the exhibition. The video comments on life as a fragile balancing act that includes both physical components like air and food, and social components such as the people surrounding us.
Finally, the music of Nate Czarling, who has been collaborating with Cristin for many years, is the heartbeat of Beneath the Skin. His aggressive beats echo the struggle from within.