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Mary of Cain, exhibition and live performance installation by Jane Cogger
Jul 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Address: 157 Manhattan Avenue 1F, Brooklyn NY 11206 – 4 blocks to Montrose L
The Club 157 Gallery (club157.com) is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Jane Cogger entitled “Mary of Cain” to run from July 8, 2016 – August 7, 2016 with an opening reception July 8th from 6-9 featuring live installation art. The gallery will also be open late and feature another installation performance for Bushwick Hot Summer Nights on July 15th, in participation with 27 Bushwick galleries (bushwickgalleries.com). This is the sixth exhibition at Club 157 since opening in February.
This exhibition is a memorial for the fictitious character, Mary of Cain. Mary is the symbol of [in]naissance, tarnished by being placed in the lineage of Cain, the crop-farmer and original vegetarian who killed his brother for making an animal sacrifice to another fictitious character, and thus she bears the mark of Cain. She possesses a perfect childlike innocence that exists only because the child has not yet learned that certain actions that seem the most innocent and playful are actually supposed to bear a shameful weight. The artist enjoys alternative narratives to age-old myths that expand the idea of what a personality or narrative could (have) be(en). This is a memorial because the personality of Mary has not borne the potential for longevity and so her creator outlives her, showing that the idea of fixed personality is the death of personality itself, as man creates God only to kill him, and/or vice-versa. This narrative itself has a time limit, as myths of death and resurrection that are based on a self-centered universe become complicated by ideas of all things existing along a continuum. The Sun rises and sets for me but not for itself.
Jane Cogger is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in language, sexuality, and philosophy. Her work is rooted in painting but here incorporates projection, video, and live installation. She grew up in Ithaca, NY, and studied at Tufts and SMFA before traveling the US, Mexico and Europe as a freelance model. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
“Mary of Cain” will run through August 7th. The live installation aspect of the show can be witnessed on July 8th or July 15th. Gallery hours are available 7 days a week by appointment. For additional information please contact Heather Hatton, 570.647.9591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.