Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE is a legendary, avant-garde visionary, having spent literally a half-century interrogating the malleability of identity. This exhibition in particular is centered around he/r “shoe horn” sculptures, objects that illustrate the countless and conflicting signals towards both established mores and alternative practices. Neither the associations with propriety and control (aristocracy and bound feet), nor activities that are marginal to society (bondage) dominate. The wearer’s comfort or discomfort, the degrees of control and self-expression, all remain in the balance. What is incomprehensible and impressive is her/ his commitment to a radically simple project.
TOWARDS AN END TO BIOLOGICAL PERCEPTION will be on view at Marlborough Contemporary 545 West 25th Street through February 16. photographs by Adam Lehrer