JO NIGOGHOSSIAN: Exoticaby Phong Bui
Team (Gallery, inc.) | June 8 – August 11, 2017
Poise. Fiercely built by
A cohesive assembly of points, lines, and planes,
The precise demarcations separate
The provinces from the state,
On this side of geography.
Bent, twisted, high,
Base with ferocious dexterity,
Unpredictable balletic gestures tighten tough tissues,
Strengthen the muscular skeleton into a unified anatomy.
Dissimilar, welded forms punctuate
The image like semicolons trapping a sentence
Or two in mid air, writing lines of sight.
Asymmetrical arrays, with stitched greaves, gauntlets,
Pauldrons, faulds, vambraces,
Among other armored parts,
Exude a fragrance of motion,
Quivering shakes treading with confidence in their tempo.
A few swimmerets and antennules are visibly directed
By cardiac regions;
What appears as extremely durable becomes fragile.
This unknown pandemonium with piercing marks
And perforating cuts, rends fractures as transgressions.
No one assumes they were mere creations of Tsovina.
Robust prosoma—its anterior—is bolted with
Explicit exactitude, and an attitude for the dance.
How formidable yet tenuous, this moment.
Marching forward with an elliptical craze while
Transfixed by the pivotal shifts, from
Well-tempered comportments to intricate outlines, from
A remarkable aptitude for exceptional vulnerability.
This Cartesian dualism is what has indeed prompted
Each of these two Being(s)
PHONG BUI is the Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail.