Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator
"One can lose oneself in both [Stranger and abduct]. Be ready to spend several hours -- maybe even several visits -- at MOCA Cle. . . . [An] embarrassment of riches."- Cleveland Jewish News (2/2/2016)
Xavier Cha "uses the skill of a plastic surgeon to dissect the way the human face is represented in post-Internet society," says critic Barbara Pollack in her astute ARTnews review of Cha's abduct (now on view). Cha probes how "the constant use of smiley faces and red-horned devils affects our intimate interactions." - Barbara Pollack, ARTNews, February 18, 2016.
Xavier Cha’s performance-based works concern the body, self, and subjectivity within contemporary culture. She isolates elements of expression and communication, creating bare, abstract, and often illogical experiences.
For abduct, Cha presents a newly-commissioned video that present actors as they battle conflicting emotions. While outwardly (and non-linguistically) expressing an extreme emotion, such as livid rage, a more subtle emotion emerges from beneath the surface, like the corners of the actor's mouth distorting to suppress laughter. Both emotions function as foreign agents attempting to gain dominance, or hijack the vehicle of the actor's facial expression and body.
abduct was produced in collaboration with Frieze Film, a series of new films commissioned from established and emerging artists premiered annually as part of Frieze Projects, Frieze London’s non-profit curated program. Frieze Film is supported by Channel 4’s Random Acts, who will also broadcast the commissions.
Xavier Cha (Los Angeles) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of her works have been held at 47 Canal, New York (2015, 2012); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2010). Her performances have been presented at INOVA, Milwaukee (2015); and New Museum, New York (2013). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara (2015), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (2014); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2012); The Kitchen, New York (2010); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009); and the 12 Biennale de Lyon (2013). In 2014, Cha was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts.
Xavier Cha: abduct is sponsored by the Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig Exhibitions & Special Projects Fund, with additional support from Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
All 2016 Exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from an anonymous donor, Yuval Brisker, Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.
All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are presented with major support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.