Tammy Rae Carland
Jessica Silverman of Silverman Gallery in San Francisco got in touch recently to let us know about a show of Tammy Rae Carland’s work called Funny Face, I Love You that will be opening this Friday and running through October, 23rd. Carland, the chair of the Photography department at California College of Arts and Crafts, received her MFA from UC Irvine and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. This will be her second solo show at the gallery.
“The work features a suite of new [large scale] photographs, a selection of mixed media works as well as a cast porcelain sculpture. Inspired by the history of female comedians, Carland explores questions of humor and desire, juxtaposing images of empty stages with singular figures caught mid-act. These works isolate the body, focusing less on the artifice of public personas than the sheer spectacle of performing corporealities. Through these, Carland foregrounds the fragility and pathos inherent in these acts of vulnerability and self-humiliation—acts which also resonate with the unraveling of gender roles through acting out. Invariably, the conversation opens onto a larger meditation on the fragmentation of the body and the currency of the abject, while engaging the politics of performativity and the legacy of feminism.” (via Silverman Gallery)
The work and I am sad to say that I will be unable to see it installed, is at once intimate, surreal and slightly cringe-worthy. Separating the performers from their performance or the site of their performance, Carland captures a moment free of the content of the performed piece that allows the viewer to access the hidden and ofter overlooked emotional space of the performer. Reminiscent of Philip Lorca Di Corsia’s Pole Dancer’s a vulnerability, often taken for granted in any performative act, is revealed in the consideration of the body and, in particular, female bodies.
I’m Dying Up Here, #1 (drum riser)
I’m Dying Up Here, #2 (strawberry shortcake)
I’m Dying Up Here, #3 (glitter drapes)
I’m Dying Up Here, #4 (upside down)
I’m Dying Up Here, #5 (bent banana)
I’m Dying Up Here, #6 (wood suit)
I’m Dying Up Here, #9 (carol and mitzi)
*All work courtesy artist and Silverman Gallery.