Art School Presents MFA Thesis Exhibit with Jonathan Virginia Green: “There Are Ghosts in the Machine”


Jonathan Green

Leather and rubber by Jonathan Green

the Art school in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the exhibition of MFA theses by Jonathan Virginia Green: There are ghosts in the machine.

The exhibition will be held at Same Community, located near College Avenue in Fayetteville, from April 4-10. All are welcome to make an appointment with Green to view the exhibit and attend a special reception on Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

There are ghosts in the machine is an exhibition of works that dares to dissolve the boundaries between the physical body of the artist, his intimate desires and his paintings. Using the eroticism of leather lifestyles, the show consists of sculptural paintings rooted in sensual and transgressive desire. The materiality and physicality of the painting is emphasized in the work to provoke a proprioceptive experience in the viewer.

In his work, Green pushes the illusionary qualities of paint to perverse ends by working canvas to resemble leather or vinyl. Other times the canvas substrate is replaced by the paint itself. The paint is poured onto a flat surface, allowed to dry, and then peeled into sheets. The rubbery, skin-like quality of dried paint resembles latex, another erotic material.

Influences range from the body horror classics of director David Cronenberg, or the transgressive attitude of Nine Inch Nails, to the writings of Audre Lorde and Georges Bataille on the power of eroticism. Modified by material such as chains, zippers and eyelets, the paintings express the transformative potential of material embodiment. Objects of a radical difference, they confuse desire, body, performance and identity.

There are ghosts in the machine is not an exhibition inside the typical “white cube” of a gallery. Instead, echoing the subterranean nature of leatherwork, viewers descend into a parking lot where the paintings hang on chains. The public and private tension of the parking lot is an underground world where spectators can watch, play or browse.

“Not everyone is supposed to be comfortable,” Green said. “Viewers should feel challenged. However, with an open mind, they might realize that there are depths in their own desires that have yet to be explored.”

To see There are ghosts in the machine from April 4 to 10 at Same Community70 N. College Ave. A special reception will be held on Friday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Jonathan Virginia Green by email at [email protected] or by phone at 918-946-3121.

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