Anna Uddenberg explores social conventions and norms that are the product of consumer culture. She challenges ingrained ways of thinking and seeing as well as ideas of mental and physical mobility. Through the lens of the feedback loop that is social media, she analyzes systems of representation, the performativity of femme expressions and its cross-connection to consumer culture and gender studies. Her interest in femme as figuration is geared towards exploring power dynamics in the service domain, and disputes the idea of femininity by revealing what happens when these roles are amplified and over-performed to a degree of uncanny absurdity.
Engaging with notions of ergonomics, on view will be seventeen new sculptural works dubbed by the artist as PERVERTABLES, a descriptor where “perv” replaces the prefix “con”, as in convertible, referring to common objects that can be converted for sexual use, such as in kink culture. Uddenberg’s sculptures are rendered in forms and methods impossible to adequately function for their supposed purpose.
Car parts, acrylic nails, quilted pleather, nipple clamps, laminate flooring, synthetic hair, flip-flops, tempered glass are all reoccurring elements in the artist’s pallet.
Uddenberg employs furniture–as a proxy for architecture–to imagine zones of leisure, comfort, and discomfort. With the desire to push the boundaries of relationships to material objects, the artist guides visitors to engage and find new perspectives of the invented functions in these newly rendered spaces, all at the intersection of utility, sexuality, consumerism, and performativity.