Izzy Commers | May 2018


Set in the context of the internet age, Creature explores the ecosystems of our bodies. In modern-day America, we live in a culture in which the systems of marketing and advertisements prevail. Our appetite for consuming inevitably seeps into how we view ourselves: as objects to be marketed, to be assigned worth based off our money, appearance, and power. These values lead to greed, an emotional emptiness void of human connection- an emptiness that can seem so daunting and inescapable in the rigid, divided systems that surround us.

Creature is an exploration of the body through the lenses of self-awareness, self-love/hate, and technology; The show looks at the coexistence of body and mind and how it informs our experience, tackling topics of intimacy, health, trauma, and healing. Speaking honestly of our experiences has great power when the least glimmer of truth in the mass media is conditioned by politics. Looking within while letting go of the narcissism that permeates our consumer culture allows us to transcend ourselves, to grow and create the reality beyond. 



Exploring the space between documentary and fantasy, the photographs of Minnesota-born artist Izzy Commers beg us to be curious. Moody portraits transcend time and space, immortalizing the emotional affirmation and intimacy often lacking within the cut and paste formula of photography that has grown exponentially through the age of social media. On a voyage to seek clarity in the blinding ambiguity of what is, Izzy uses art as a medium for existence - finding human connection and sculpting reality through the process of creation. 



Hafsa Guled (CHI), Shamshawan Scott (ATL/NYC), Theo Saice (MPLS), Miles Jamison (MPLS), Malcolm Jamison (MPLS), Sophie Gleekel (MPLS), Elise Salas (MPLS), Greg Fields (CHI), Breon Jones (CHI), Emma Eubanks (MPLS), Dana Kim (NYC), Thea Sutherland (MPLS), Keri Tap (MPLS), Izzy Commers (MPLS) + more TBD

The show is very analog, which might surprise visitors who assume all people under 22 are constantly posting away to Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. Commers is protective of their creative work.
— Alicia Eler, Star Tribune


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