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"Theo Pelmus / Man Awake Project PLUS Jason St-Laurent / Camouflage Series"
2008-05-02 until 2008-06-01
La Petite Mort Gallery
Ottawa, ON, CA Canada

This show has two components. One is the site specific project of Jason St-Laurent, Camouflage, an ongoing project that is continuing at this time in Berlin. The results are photos documenting the camouflaged body in relation to certain East and West Berlin monuments. Dare to look inside the box and find the person in the photos! The second one is Theo Pelmus’ Man Awake Project in which the male naked body reveals new meanings about its relationship with sexuality and self-representation. These two parts have in common the usage of the full body anatomy to create sculptures that relate to a certain environment. The male body becomes a sculptural matter.

In a rare interview with Dr. Theotocopoulos taken in 1600 we found out that: “The full naked body sleeping has the meaning of latent energies that are waiting to be awakened. To make myself easier understood I will try to take an anatomical approach explaining what I want to say. Parts of the male sexual organs are visible outside the body. And part is concealed within the body. The visible parts include the penis and the scrotum, which contains the two egg-shaped testes and the epididymides. Inside the body there is a whole dimmed world that is waiting to be awakened such as: the intellect, the self, the soul, the conscious, bad thoughts, envy, tolerance, negativism and talent. There are glands that tie together the inside part of the body and the outside part. With advancing in age these glands tend to distend creating a slightly creative discomfort…” (quotation from “Life and Dissection” by Dr. Theotocopoulos Vellius).

This show deals with the idea of disguising the self and creating a virtual play for the viewer to look at. The viewer becomes the onlooker or the voyeur.

Come and peak at two male bodies and find who is disguised behind them.


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