Amy Toscani's 'Body Doubles' at SooVAC
Butch- Girl by Amy Toscani
Of the many ways to describe "Body Doubles: Work by Amy Toscani," currently exhibited at Soo Visual Art Center, aesthetically pleasing is not one of them. The kitschy amalgamations of transformed plastic, historical pop-culture artifacts, and other random things are certainly not beautiful, nor are they satisfying in any way.
In fact, there's something revolting about her work. It's quite ugly.
Tableau by Amy Toscani
In Wunderpunkt, Toscani creates a sort of watering can made out of a laundry basket. Its spout looks like it's sucking at an idyllic landscape of mountains and flowers. There's nothing slick about the craftsmanship of the watering can as the plastic has been melted together, and in places taped. The landscape looks like something you might find at a Salvation Army. On the one hand, it looks like something you might buy for a dollar at a garage sale. On the other, it's humorous and insidious. Is the watering can watering the flowers? Or is it sucking the life out of the image?
Wunderpunkt by Amy Toscani
Then there's Someone Else's Self-Portrait, where a contorted sweater with arms in the wrong places is wrapped around a rock-like thing (maybe a volcano?) with a yarn-made balloon (or possible explosion?) shooting out of it. At the foot of the rock is a two-dimensional hand pointing upward. Again, there is destruction, but on another level the piece indicates a struggle with identity, of not fitting into the body one was given, and of being disconnected.
Someone Else's Self- Portrait by Amy Toscani
IF YOU GO:
"Body Doubles: Work by Amy Toscani"
Through May 20
Soo Visual Arts Center
2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
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