Freud’s Mouth

Opening reception: Sunday December 18, 2016, 3-6pm.

Curated by Ebony L. Haynes

Sascha Braunig
Alex Chaves
Hamishi Farah
Oreka James
Bradley Kronz
Ajay Kurian
Sara Magenheimer
Adrianne Rubenstein

COOPER COLE is pleased to present a Freud’s Mouth, a group show curated by Ebony L. Haynes.

Sigmund Freud died of oral cancer, heavily affected by his 10-cigar-a-day habit. Well, technically, years of poor medical treatment and dozens of painful oral surgeries lead to his assisted death.

Thought of as a sexist by many, much of his intriguing but unproven theories with little empirical evidence remain a widely revisited and referenced. In his professional career, Freud theorized fives stages of psychosexual development. All stages were pleasure-seeking, driven by psychosexual behavior, and affect personality formation. The first stage being Oral, ages 0-12 months, where the main source of understanding and discovery occurs through the mouth: sucking, eating, tasting, feeling, putting things in your mouth, forming sounds. Freud believed that this stage dictates whether problems with drinking, smoking, nail biting would form, as would psyche of the self.

I’ve long been infatuated with the story of Freud and his mouth and ‘The Mouth’ in general.

Since the age of 4, I’ve suffered Hitchcock-worthy oral trauma – what does that mean about me and my psychosexual being?

I have some theories of my own.

The artists in this show have work that I think is arguably “identity art,” but not your mom’s 1993 identity art. They all make work that, for me, have a sort of break point – an “a ha” moment – and it’s very telling, if you catch it.

– Ebony L. Haynes

For more information please contact the gallery:

info@coopercolegallery.com
+1.416.531.8000

Artworks

Sascha Braunig

Phage

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Phage, 2016

Oil on wood panel

10" X 8"
25.4cm X 20.32cm

Sascha Braunig

Flop Sweat

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Flop Sweat, 2016

Oil on Arches oil paper

12.125" X 9"
30.8cm X 22.86cm

Sascha Braunig

Study for Bottom Feeder

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Study for Bottom Feeder, 2014

Oil on gessoed paper

11.125" X 9"
28.26cm X 22.86cm

Sascha Braunig

Study for Extrovert

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Study for Extrovert, 2015

Oil on Arches oil paper

12.125" X 8.125"
30.8cm X 20.64cm

Alex Chaves

Grace

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Grace, 2016

Chromogenic print

Unique

50" X 40"
127cm X 101.6cm

Hamishi Farah

Untitled

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Untitled, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

Edition of 3, 2 AP

46" X 34"
116.84cm X 86.36cm

Oreka James

Untitled

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Untitled, 2016

Oil on canvas

60" X 48"
152.4cm X 121.92cm

Bradley Kronz

The irregulars

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The irregulars, 2016

Giclee print and currency on wood

30" X 24"
76.2cm X 60.96cm

Bradley Kronz

The irregulars

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The irregulars, 2016

Giclee print and currency on wood

18" X 24"
45.72cm X 60.96cm

Ajay Kurian

Take it Easy Caliban (part II)

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Take it Easy Caliban (part II), 2015

Steel, spray paint, figurine, puzzle box, LED lights, transformer

10" X 8" X 7"
25.4cm X 20.32cm X 17.78cm

Sara Magenheimer

Slow Zoom Long Pause

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Slow Zoom Long Pause, 2015

HD Video, sound

Dimensions variable

Adrianne Rubenstein

Broccoli Vision

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Broccoli Vision, 2016

Oil on canvas

33" X 22"
83.82cm X 55.88cm

Adrianne Rubenstein

Untitled

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Untitled, 2016

Ceramic and gumballs

Dimensions varaible