PRESS RELEASE

LoCurto/Outcault: selfportrait.map
February 23 - March 24, 2001

The Frederieke Taylor gallery in Chelsea is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by the collaborative team Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault, opening Friday, February 23, 6 - 9 PM. In this exhibition, entitled selfportrait.map, LoCurto and Outcault explore the topography of the body in a series of photographs that were created by digitally mapping the figure. With the aid of cartographic software and computers, the artists create two-dimensional projections of the human form. These photographs of the figure bring to mind continents and land masses that seem to float in the sea or to be drifting apart.

As the artists state: "the translation of a three-dimensional form, particularly the human figure, into a two-dimensional painting or drawing, has been a concern of artists for centuries. With the advent of new technology, we felt we had the potential to visualize the human form into two-dimensions in an entirely new way.

We understood that the project also contained an element of abstracted violence in the presentation of the figure as a hide or skin to be displayed on the wall. However, the resulting images are disconnected from the implied act of flattening, stretching and tearing much as occurs with a traditional map".

LoCurto/Outcault, whose collaborative work was first brought to national attention through the controversial exhibition "Corporal Politics" at MIT in Cambridge, MA in 1993, explore issues of gender, sexuality and the representation of the body. The artists have had two previous solo exhibitions with the Frederieke Taylor gallery ( previously called TZ'ART ). The exhibition of selfportrait.map in New York is a smaller version of an exhibition presently touring under the auspices of Pamela Auchincloss Arts Management. That exhibition was funded in part by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art at Connecticut College and is accompanied by an extensive catalog with articles by Helaine Posner and David Gelertner.