Los Angeles

Charles Long

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Playing on the famous ’70s feminist book Our Bodies, Our Selves, Charles Long’s recent exhibition “Our Bodies, Our Shelves” takes as a starting point his own body and significant childhood experiences. The intentionally bad pun of the title announces Long’s investigation of the connection between corporeality and identity, between body and self. The show was divided into two groups of work: anthropomorphically rounded blobs (bodies) in a variety of high-tech plastics and tactile rubber and flock shelves (selves) that bent and curved so as to belie their functional roots. The origin of the blobs can be traced to Blob Job (all works 1996)—a translucent rubber mold of his torso which he filled with porno tapes and mags. From this mold three other works were produced in a variety of materials—from enamel-covered fiberglass to flocked plastic. These reveal that what distinguishes Long’s work

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