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Victoria Bartlett’s VPL Store Hosting Exhibit

For “Second Skin,” the designer invited 15 artists to analyze and interpret the idea of the body.

Hrafnhildur Arnardottir

Hrafnhildur Arnardottir’s “Raw Nerves”

Photo By Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/Vara Fine Art

VPL’S THIN-SKINNED: Victoria Bartlett’s VPL store will be party central Thursday night for the opening night party for “Second Skin,” an exhibition and book co-curated by the designer and Renée Vara. Second Skin includes works by David Armstrong, Hrafnhlidur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter), Mark Borthwick (aka Maria Cornejo’s husband), Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Judith Eisler, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Ugo Rondinone, and Collier Schorr among others.

Eight or nine months in the making, the multimedia project explores Bartlett’s fascination with muscular anatomy and human skin. As often evident in her own designs, Bartlett explores the concepts of corporal dissection, examination and re-assemblage. For Second Skin, Bartlett invited 15 artists to analyze and interpret the idea of the body with new or re-contextualized works. Along with the sculpture, photographs and drawings that will be displayed, Borthwick will read a poem and Shoplifter will do a performance. Bartlett, who has always kept a hand in art, said of her 2,800-square-foot Mercer Street store, said, “One of the reasons I got this space was I always to do — as I have always done — collaborations with other artists. This was a way to do that. It was not meant to be a gallery. I like to use all kinds of mediums.”

Second Skin will be shown at VPL through July 31.