The human body has long played an intricate and significant role in the continuum of art history. From the Venus of Willendorf (circa 30,000 BCE) to today’s selfie-driven digital sharing culture, mankind’s inherent relationship with the figure is an ongoing saga that is complicated, multi-faceted, and ever-evolving. Both historically and now, artists have been at the forefront of this dialogue, using the human body as a muse, a symbol, a tool, and a conversation starter. Body Building is an exhibition exploring the ways artists use the body to communicate ideas, spark thought, and reconcile pre-conceived notions. The 53 artists chosen for Body Building were selected from a pool of over 600 entries and represent a diverse coalition of perspectives and approaches on the theme of the human figure.
Installation view from Body Building, Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, February 21, 2019 - April 8, 2020. Photo: Whitney Alderson 2020.