Gains, Sets and Reps

An exhibition by Isabella Hone-Saunders

“gains”, “sets” and “reps” (between body-language and body-building) at Firstdraft, considers body-dysmorphia, body-idolisation, body-focus and body-worship.

Exhibition opening 5 June 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Artist talk 27 June 2019 6pm to 7pm

About the exhibition

The work began by examining the commonalities between ballet and bodybuilding. And became a dedication to the artist’s membership at Doherty’s gym, Brunswick.)

It is reasonable to view both as unsustainable practices, which desperately aim for what most would consider to be unattainable forms. Both require obsessive focus, sometimes, resulting in disproportionate muscle groups. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1975 publication, ‘Body Shaping for Women’, outlined exercises to “empower” women.

This program became part of her common routine, five to six times per week for five weeks. She saw a personal trainer who translated Schwarzenegger’s program to a contemporary gym setting.

Observations of, and comparison to, peripheral bodies informed the artist’s understanding of her own strength, hierarchical position and how far she was willing to extend myself each session. Interrogating her relationship with discipline, and in that arriving at the gratification of physical punishment, was one challenge.

Another was finding verbal/written language and body/performed language to convey her experience in order to create a tangible/decipherable ‘result’ or artwork. As Kathy Acker asserts in‘Against Ordinary Language: The Language of The Body’, in this space there is a rejection of ‘ordinary’ or verbal language to allow space for a meditative practice based on counting, exerting and failing. What results is finding oneself without access to ready-formed language.

 

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When

Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 6 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 7 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 8 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 9 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 13 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 14 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 15 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 16 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 20 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 21 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Sunday 23 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Wednesday 26 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Thursday 27 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm
Friday 28 June 2019 from 10am to 5.30pm

Cost

Free

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