The Approach Gallery: The Problem with Having a Body... (until 14th May 2017)
As the works range from 1964 to 2017, it is clear that Heidorn has selected them based on pure critical and visual potency, rather than being made around the exhibition theme. Its full title is 'The Problem with Having a Body is That it Always Needs to be Somewhere', highlighting physicalities and labour forces in the art world and beyond. German artist Alexandra Bircken is the first to plant these ideas, as her sculptural piece 'Doris' initially appears minimal, yet upon further investigation we find that its shape, which is of a woman's body on its side, is comprised of wax, clothing and varnish. The clothing, which is trapped like a fly in amber seems to point to the fashion industry's dispensible consumption of women, whether this is through forcing models to lose weight, or targeting female insecurities and demographics to make huge profits. Given the artist's professional background as a designer in the industry, 'Doris' is a succinct marriage of fashion and art disciplines. The idea of a memento mori is something of a motif in the exhibition, where the body is presented as a means of creative reproduction and expression.