Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Erika Vogt at Mary Mary


A little too big for their own good, the sculptures exhibit the tendencies of the oaf, too present. "Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction." There's no space for you here, they put you on the stage of their theater: Vogt's objects all placed on the cusp of Personal distance (Far Phase) "for interactions among good friends or family." "Under circumstances where normal space requirements cannot be met, such as in public transit or elevators, personal space requirements are modified accordingly. According to the psychologist Robert Sommer, one method of dealing with violated personal space is dehumanization. He argues that on the subway, crowded people often imagine those intruding on their personal space as inanimate." And the sculptures you. 

Toy with human scale.

See too:  Erika Vogt at Overduin & Co, , Amanda Ross-Ho at The PitAmanda Ross-Ho at The ApproachMark Handforth at Kayne Griffin Corcoran