Laura Gonzalez

 

Body Building

Market Gallery, Glasgow, 10 December 2017 (with micro-residency on 17–19 November 2017)

Body Building brings together four artists working in the medium of performance: Amy Pickles, Shona Macnaughton, Laura Gonzalez and Hannah Rose Whittle.

Following a micro residency at Market Gallery over three days in November that included tours of the local area and Necropolis, the artists have been asked to produce new work for the gallery or further afield that responds to the social and geographical situation of Dennistoun.

The title for the show, taken from Kathy Acker’s 1992 essay, ‘Against Ordinary Language: The Language of the Body,’ in which she recounts the process of bodybuilding over two years, becomes a metaphor for the building and sustaining of identity and community within Dennistoun and beyond. The four artists have found inspiration in the latent histories and spaces of the suburb, creating work that both resists and transforms the language of the body: the former Meat Market and labour exchange at Graham Square, the old quarry on Whitevale Street and the Necropolis. These vestiges become reserves for the rebuilding of embodied narratives, that like Acker, can challenge the normativities of gendered roles in the paths forged by the circadian body; the mnemonic traces of its public mode.

With special thanks to Justyna Ataman, Katie Orton, The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis and @soft.play


For this exhibition, I made ‘A Disturbance of Memory on the Necropolis’, a déjå vu of Sigmund Freud’s letter to his friend Romain Rolland. The work consisted of pairs of booklets, two photographs and a sound piece.

With thanks to Neil Scott and Market Gallery for the images.

About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.