Body of Work
Body of Work juxtaposes the artistic efforts of an able bodied and a disabled man. Informed by childhood hauntings and the meat which composes us, this collaborative show combines a centerpiece film with soundscape, photography, interview and poetry into an immersion into two humans’ tenuous hold on the physical. Ocean’s car crash drew him into a life of writing; his poems circle around the holes that remain in a broken body. Portraits of Paul Sutfin present a body transformed by exertion; in his physically intensive poses athleticism becomes art. The juxtaposition of these two bodies of work asks us to consider what bodies are capable of: what might the hand that clenches, and the hand that trembles, produce? How are bodies in turn transformed by the work they create, in the ancient reciprocity of Art with Flesh?
Paul Sutfin is an artist working in photography, paint, glass, and physical sculpture. His work is informed by illusion, allusion, entropy, and the spontaneous.
Ocean is a disabled writer living in the Pacific Northwest. He writes hypnogogic literary fiction, nightmare fairy tales, animist and pararealist poetry, postcards to no one, erasure novels, and abstract erotic literature.