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Mark Nelson

I find Nikki Renee Anderson's work especially interesting because it truly fuses the visual with the experiential. All of her past pieces force interaction between the art and the "viewer," particularly between sculptural body parts and human body parts. The act of listening to the work puts the viewer in the often awkward position of having violated the artwork's social space (which is a pretty strange idea when you think about it - other than museums where alarms sound when you get too close, how often does art even have a social presence of its own?)

So what do people think about art in a bathroom? I personally enjoy being pushed into promisingly uncomfortable places, so anytime I have the opportunity to do so, I take it. However, when art is in the bathroom, do I need to pretend to wash my hands or something useful, or can I just check out the art? How many people should be in the bathroom at once? The bathroom becomes a trans space, altering its already wobbly balance of function and aesthetics.

A bathroom installation seems to merge the public with the private, the biological with the intellectual, the social with the personal, blurring the destinctions between them. How is art changed when it is shown in a space outside a neutral gallery, possibly charged with gender, biology, eroticism or contemplation?

What do you think? See

http://www.nikkireneeanderson.com/index.html

for more work.

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