Exhibition title: Soft Subversions
Artists: Theresa Anderson, Jason Below, Abby Bennett, Jaime Carrejo, Tobias Fike, Matthew Harris, Irene McCray, Dmitri Obergfell, Nikki Pike, Bruce Price, Zach Reini, Rebecca Vaughan and Xi Zhang
Exhibition Dates:  February 8 through 24, 2013
Exhibition Space: Pirate: Contemporary Art 

Co-curated by Cortney Lane Stell and Amber Dawn Cobb

Soft Subversions focused its attention on the ability of artworks made of soft materials to quietly subvert our understanding of the world around us.

The title of the exhibition came from Felix Guattari’s “Soft Subversion”, a culmination of essays, texts, and interviews from 1977-1985. Soft Subversions uses concepts from Guattari to investigate the discursive opportunity provided by artworks, which through their material are innately approachable.  The artworks in the exhibition took advantage of the many associations with the concept of “Soft,” from the benign to the grotesque.  These artworks have the unique power in their ability to softly suggest freedom from a mass-marketed, over produced, over socialized, capitalist society.

"Production for the sake of production - the obsession with the rate of growth, whether in the capitalist market or in planned economies - leads to monstrous absurdities. The only acceptable finality of human activity is the production of a subjectivity that is auto-enriching its relation to the world in a continuous fashion." ~ Felix Guattari, Chaosmosis and Difference and Repetition p.21

Works shown courtesy of the artists and their galleries.

Photography: Wes Magyar