Do not miss Opulent Mobility 2017—an online art exhibit re-imagining disability. The show will be live November 17, 2017 and runs through March 2018 at www.opulentmobility.com.
Opulent Mobility 2017 includes work by artists A. Laura Brody, Yaron Dotan, Gabriele Gervickaite, Gini, Dr. Ju Gosling, Fang-Wei (Hoper) Hsu, David Isakson, Penny Richards, and Katherine Sherwood.
Opulent Mobility is a collaborative artistic effort to re-imagine mobility, disability and access. Wheelchairs, walkers, prosthetic limbs, crutches and other assistive technology devices are part of our lives, but they’ve been left far behind when it comes to attractive and inviting innovation and personalization. There are thousands and thousands of desirable and striking designs for furniture, phones, and bicycles. Why not adaptive technology?
Opulent Mobility is curated by A. Laura Brody and Anthony Tusler. Ms. Brody is a professional costume maker and designer who developed Opulent Mobility as a series of artworks, then built it into a juried group exhibit. Mr. Tusler is a photographer and disability arts activist. His photographs of the original ADA protests are on the resource page of his web site, www.aboutdisability.com.
Accessibility notes for the visual and hearing impaired: text and audio descriptions of each artwork will be provided.
The Goddess in Process
Saturday, Nov. 4th at 917 N. Vendome St, LA, CA 90026
Laura Brody sculpts for the human body and its vehicles. Laura’s sculptures are conceived with a commitment to social justice and are inspired by the spirit of scientific discovery. Her belief that disability shouldn’t mean loss of beauty has lead to ‘Opulent Mobility,’ comprised of art, designs and inventions dealing with and reflecting on, disability and mobility.
Laura’s upcoming show at the 917 Garage in Silverlake is called The Goddess in Process, and features her latest piece for the Opulent Mobility series. The Kali Walker is crafted from PVC pipe, cardboard, repurposed leather and aluminum and stands six feet tall and four feet wide. Kali is the Hindu goddess of time and empowerment, and a renowned slayer of demons.
While disability and aging are demonized in our culture as tragedy, weakness, and something to be feared, Kali in her walker represents a different truth- that time catches up to us all, and that strength and ferocity are not measured by physical ability.
Laura Brody has 30 years of professional costume making, designing, and teaching experience. She’s taught at FIDM and in independent classes. Her mobility art (re*made wheelchairs and walkers) were shared by Frances Anderton on NPR and on The Improvised Life. She developed and co-curated Opulent Mobility with Anthony Tusler.
For an interview about Opulent Mobility on KCRW go to laura-brody-pimps-out-wheelchairs-and-walkers.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.