Jamie Felton, Meet Me At The Ballet at 8pm, 2018, Ink on paper, 9" x 12"

Jamie Felton and Alex Patrick Dyck

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1, 2018

OOF Books is pleased to present Eroticism and The Grotesque, an exhibition curated by Isa Radojcic showcasing the work of Jamie Felton and Alex Patrick Dyck.

Through their pervasive use of symbols such as decaying flowers, hair, water dripping, slime, and bat faces, Jamie and Alex develop a poetic yet humorous connection with the grotesque. These symbols are at once referential to the history of feminine expression, yet, simultaneously, they are a powerful social critique that challenges stereotypes of feminine expression deeply rooted in our culture. The metaphor for feminine sexuality in these works of art is not the fresh, young, flower, but the rotting slime flower.

Both Felton and Dyck challenge, contemplate, and critique existing systems of feminine eroticism in art: Felton through her subversive representation of the feminine mystique and Dyck through her non-traditional mediums such as natural objects, metal, resin, and bodily fluids. From the overtly erotic to sublimated portrayals of desire in their work, the feminine body becomes a more honest account of sexuality and the carnal in a manner reflecting the contemporary complexities of self-representation.

“Eroticism is assenting to life even in death. Indeed, although erotic activity is in the first place an exuberance of life, the object of this psychological quest is not alien to death.” — Georges Bataille

Jamie Felton (b. 1986) is an artist and dancer. She has her MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Her work captures movement and fluidity of form in a delicate and humorous manner. Jamie lives and works in Los Angeles.

Alex Patrick Dyck (b. 1985) is a poet and splosh artist. She is a romantic hoarder of sentimental trash and trampled roses, an altar builder, and a memory gatherer. Through her use of poetic metaphysics, she transforms art and modes of viewing into spells which she casts upon her viewers. Alex lives and works in New York.

For further inquiries please contact the gallery at christie@oofbooks.com. All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.