In My RoomMay 7, 1999
IN MY ROOM, curated by Paul Ha
Artists often depict fantasy realms in their work or, to varying degrees, use artmaking as a method of escapism. The artists in In My Room, however, create sanctuary worlds in which they can live and operate. These reinvented realities are often designed to allow the artists to overcome obstacles or self-perceived shortcomings in their everyday lives.
Sarah Rapson takes small steps towards combating her difficulty with self-promotion by sending her slides to defunct galleries; Alyson Levy photographs herself doing cartwheels inside various museums and galleries to claim those unattainable spaces as her own; Erik Parker examines the artworld and charts the place his own work has within it; Jesse Bercowetz and Aimee Mower build a treehouse in the gallery; Steed Taylor invents a world in which he does not exist by erasing himself from childhood photographs; Alexander Georgiou creates cut-out figures of himself and uses them to stage social gatherings where he fits in; Deborah Mesa-Pelly’s photographs explore alternate realities in her bedroom; Suzanne Wright draws animals to which she fears being compared.