PLAySPACE presents, Skeleton: Camilla Newhagen

March 15–April 20, 2012

Free and open to the public
During the Skeleton exhibition series, gallery hours will be held Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Skeleton is an exhibition program for PLAySPACE, which offers three artists from Bay area MFA programs a solo exhibition in the PLAySPACE storage closet. Chosen for their ability to counter certain constraints, artists respond via installation in the space of a storage closet temporarily re-purposed as a fully functioning gallery.

Camilla Newhagen is an MFA candidate at Mills College whose work considers the formation of identity. For this investigation, the artist solicits material belongings from friends – clothes, shoes, accessories, exercise equipment – that are then folded and stacked. The sculptures, held in place by planks of wood, create portraits that do no rely on or prioritize the human form. Newhagen’s work reminds us that at the end of the day, the items we accumulate, which shape our identities and our individuality, end up on the floor or in a laundry basket.

PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present exhibition programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community.