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Hair and Skin

Organized by Isaac Lyles

July 9 - August 15, 2013

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 10, 6-8pm


My interest in how we experience art and my dissatisfaction with prevalent cognitive explanations is the impetus for this exhibition. Developing research on mirror neurons and neuroesthetics suggests an alternative model of vision. Our mirror neurons fire the same when we are an observer as they do when we are an actor. The brain actually simulates the experience of what it sees. In other words: 'What I see, I feel.’ This model argues for the importance of physical empathy in vision, an embodied approach anticipated by phenomenology and now buttressed by neuroscience. With this in mind, Hair and Skin presents the body in extremes. The work in the exhibition is visceral, it connects to our phenomenal consciousness, speaks to corporeal experience, and the unruliness of desire. The centrality of the body, the means of communicating its vicissitudes, and the effects (physical, emotional) of this communication are the subject of Hair and Skin. -Isaac Lyles



Works by:

Hans Bellmer

Louise Bourgeois

Günter Brus

Borden Capalino

David Dupuis

Daniel Gordon

Aneta Grzeszykowska 

Kineko Ivic

Lionel Maunz

Maria Petschnig

Chloe Piene

Adam Putnam

Aura Rosenberg

Davina Semo

Bobbi Woods

Rona Yefman




Derek Eller Gallery is located at 615 West 27th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. Summer hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11am - 6pm. For further information or visuals, please contact the gallery at 212.206.6411 or visit