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Kristen Sanders, "Protoself"

Jun 01 Through Jul 08 | Thu |
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Asya Geisberg Gallery is proud to present “Protoself,” an exhibition of paintings by Kristen Sanders. This will be the gallery’s first solo presentation of the artist’s work. As the show’s title suggests, Sanders points her inquiry into the crux of what makes us human; imagining a moment of first consciousness of a hypothetical early human ancestor. Since 2015 her work has been circling between the extreme past of hominids millions of years ago – and the increasingly closer future of robots with super-human powers and artificial intelligence. Sanders’ fascination lies within the threshold of self-invention, distinguishing the human from both the animal and the animatronic. In considering the former, her work posits that behavioral aspects such as making a mark, or the first non-utilitarian artwork, should be valorized before corporeal evolution. By considering these defining moments for the pre-human, we can then reframe the post-human, negotiating our current unease with AI and its possible outpacing of the human body – arriving at a post-body consciousness.

Venue: Asya Geisberg Gallery

537B W 23rd Street Map