Float in a Dark Tank at Yautepec

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Artists: Keith Boadwee, James Krone, Morgan Mandalay

Exhibition title: Float in a Dark Tank

Venue: Yautepec, Mexico City

Date: November 17, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Photography: PJ Rountree, all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Yautepec, Mexico City

Don’t ask questions, just try this!
I’ve never been a fan of enclosed spaces, silence, or the dark for that matter.
Inside this chamber, you become the sound.
You can hear your heart beating and lungs
pumping.
My stomach is gurgling louder now.
I’m a nervous nelly with A ZILLION questions
(will I feel claustrophobic? will I be weirded out
by what it is? what if I freak out and want to
get out?)
and I just relaxed and had an amazing time
and left feeling…weightless.

The first couple minutes my mind was abuzz
with random thoughts
but as I focused on my breathing, I became
increasingly relaxed.

Like I’d just gotten a massage.
Like I’d just meditated.
Like I’d just slept for a day.

And this is a very disorienting experience.
How did I end up naked in a stranger’s apartmentmentmentment?

To float in a dark space can be a leap of faith.
As your eyes adjust you see things.
Maybe they aren’t even there. You don’t have
any cues. Any clues.
You take away the perceptual cues that allow you to balance
and manoeuvre. It’s our go to escape fantasy.

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Exterior view, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Exterior view, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Exterior view, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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Installation View, Float in a Dark Tank, Yautepec, Mexico City

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James Krone, Eepen Ellowpee, 2016
Oil and graphite on canvas, 65 x 50 cm

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James Krone, Stavro Goomo, 2016
Oil and graphite on canvas, 80 x 50 cm

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James Krone, Navalteenuh, 2016
Oil and graphite on canvas, 90 x 50 cm

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James Krone, Teen Pencer, 2016
Oil and graphite on canvas, 80 x 50 cm

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James Krone, Onappol-Lechard, 2016
Oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm

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James Krone, OnIsh-Th’Appar, 2016
Oil on canvas, 200 x 100 cm

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Keith Boadwee, Rhapsody in Nude (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, The Real Scream (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, A Cry in the Dark (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, Radical Painting My Ass (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, Labour Isn’t Working (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, The Bolsheviks (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, One Giant Leap for Mankind (Abstraction vs. Figuration), 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, Gender Non Conforming Revolutionary Painting (Figuration versus Abstraction), 2016, Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, The Art of This Century (Figuration versus Abstraction), 2016, Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Keith Boadwee, Any Peace but Katie’s Peace, 2016
Oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm

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Morgan Mandalay, Argus, July 17th, 2015, 2016
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

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Morgan Mandalay, Morgan, I love What You Submitted, 2016
Oil and spray paint on canvas , 152 x 122 cm

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Morgan Mandalay, Portrait of a Painting as Self-Portrait, 2016
Oil and spray paint on canvas, 96.5 x 71 cm

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