Mouthing (The Sentient Limb)

Mouthing (the Sentient Limb), a group exhibition curated by Kelly Kaczynski, brings together the work of emerging and established artists. The selection of sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, photographs, and video in this exhibition explores a state of awareness or comprehension through the body’s ability to interpret sensation without touching.

As an act, “mouthing” is a gesture of silent proclamation. As a title, it represents the language that is unspoken. In this exhibition the curator uses the mouth as a metaphor for the human body’s capability of processing information.

Mouthing (the Sentient Limb) looks at the ways in which our minds are connected to our bodies by presenting a group of artworks that explores sensations relating to physical presence and returning our attention to bodily experiences. Like vertigo or a phantom limb, the artworks in this exhibition point to a process of perception that is generated from, felt by, or frustrating to, the physical body. The exhibition features art practices, both physical and conceptual, in which the human figure is present either directly or indirectly. While the media may vary, the exhibition curator, Kelly Kaczynski, asserts that each of the works are connected. “Each of the artists offers an approach to the body that questions notions of sensuality, spirit, emotion, and cognition in our corporeal state.”

  • August 13, 2011 – October 13, 2011
  • Gallery 1 & Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery

Mouthing: The Sentient Limb

Featured Artists

Cameron Crawford, David Gracie, Rachel Herman, Yun Jeong Hong, Julia Klein, Dani Levanthal, Todd Mattei, Christopher Meerdo, Chris Naka, Erin O’Brien, Steve Reinke, Melanie Schiff, and Amy Sillman.

About Kelly Kaczynski

Kelly Kaczynski is a sculptor and installation artist residing in Chicago. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and has served as a member of the Hyde Park Art Center’s Exhibition Committee since 2008. Mouthing (the Sentient Limb) is Kaczynski’s first curatorial project.



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