Ryan Hawk’s exhibition distorts of trespass showcases the artist’s continued analysis of masculinity and whiteness within both popular and sub-cultural modes of expression. Intentionally manipulating the common judicial term “torts of trespass,” the exhibition’s title serves to mirror the complex and contradictory forms of expropriation addressed in his work.
Central to the exhibition is Hawk’s 2019 film installation Untitled (blue), in which a 1958 heartache-ballad-turned-millennial-pop song is taken to score a mock horror narrative that scrutinizes traditional representations of engendered emotional capacities. Recent sculptures in silicone will also be displayed, such as tattooed ‘flesh-objects’ that confront appropriations of marginality and dispossession as well as abnormally long appendages that disorder subversive performances of power and privilege.
Spanning many mediums and approaches, Hawk exhibits in distorts of trespass an invitation to transverse the borders of our collective imagination and recognize the mechanics of fear that uphold systems of domination and oppression.