Aug 8 - October 17, 2020
An immersive installation featuring videos and objects that explore, through a “selfie gaze”, an interior self in a constant state of transition. Enticing her viewers with the safety of a swimming pool’s shallow end, Gabriella Mykal layers conversational, notes app narratives with the complicated dealings of vulnerable hook ups, true love trauma, fabricated mortality, and mediated online personas.
Mykal’s video works and objects catalogue a sticky sense of belonging and childhood nostalgia (her color choices for wall paint were influenced by Trix Yogurt flavors). Her subtle choices of placement and color also seem familiar (a slumber party/house party vibe) but Mykal’s subjects are not so light hearted, they hang in the air like a thick vapor, at times staring viewers uncomfortably in the face and at others like a languid party girl unable to escape their physical bodies, the digital screen, or the walls of SP2.
In all i have pt. i, a simulated voice states “Picture this…I die tomorrow” and continues to grapple with the eerie sense of our crafted, projected, and digitized self-images. Its counterpart, all i have pt. ii, playfully asks if Hannah B. (the leading lady of ABC’s 2019 Bachelorette) has ever thought about killing herself - an urgent inquiry for a body whose value is syphoned from their temporary celebrity. Being “all smiley on the outside” in order to create “vibrant walls”, these tortured female characters merge together like melted fruit snacks in a Texas summer. In Mykal’s the pit, we find ourselves floating calmly in a pool while following a warped, pseudo disturbing story like a choose-your-own-adventure Goosebumps novel - Turn to page 58 if you wait for Brad to meet you. Turn to page 25 if you navigate the construction site alone.
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Press for all i have:KERA Art&Seek (Gila Espinoza)