BOROUGH BODY
May 11th, 6-11 pm
 

A collaboration between painter Douglas Degges and writer Chelsea Werner-Jatzke inspired by their separate lives in New York City. This is a collection of two maps of the New York City Subway system—one visual, one textual, both inspired by specific abstraction. Degges' collection of low relief carvings investigate how abstraction can render specific and autobiographical content anonymous, including five paintings created from Werner-Jatzke's photos and in conjunction with her writing which shifts between the personal and general, bringing details into view to challenge the memory, and the identity constructed, of them.

Degges' work calls attention to the tension between the image—the thing that we can hold in our mind—and the object that holds or supports it. Werner-Jatzke's writing churns through a physical space that is both a subterranean city and a human body.

This exhibition gives Degges and Werner-Jatzke's "Borough Body" physical form for the first time. Their collaborative project was previously published online, as part of Territory's Issue II: Underworlds. You can find the project here: http://themapisnot.com/issue-ii-douglas-degges-chelsea-wernerjatzke. This exhibition includes wall texts by Werner-Jatzke and paintings by Degges.

Douglas Degges is a visual artist and educator living in Chattanooga, TN where he teaches at the University of Tennessee. His work has recently been exhibited at The Shed Space in Brooklyn, NY, mild climate and Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, TN, and the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Athens, GA.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017) and Thunder Lizard(H_NGM_N, 2016). She is outreach coordinator at Conium Review and co-founder of Till, a literary organization offering an annual residency. Read her in Bodega, Hobart, H_NGM_N, Sonora Review, Monkeybicycle, Everyday Genius, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.