"Coe Lapossy’s work is so fluid, self-determining, and empowered with such agency that it literally speaks for itself. Talkies, their video series of speaking paintings, takes its dialogue from Craig Lucas’s stage play Prelude To a Kiss, a “Freaky Friday”-like body-swap story about an old man who inhabits the body of a young, pessimistic bride. In Lapossy’s videos, the play’s characters swap bodies with the artist’s paintings, complaining about trivialities of life through pairs of impasto lips. The body and disrupting the binary in which it exists are central to Lapossy’s practice, and their approach to painting is no different. Also on view here are a series of new works whose supports are pliable, secondhand pillows whose floral surfaces have been painted and repurposed. In this sense the performative in Lapossy’s work extends both to video and the malleable material support for their work, disrupting hierarchies within the history of painting and charting new futurities in which to connect with other bodies, painterly or otherwise."
essay commissioned for Dimensions Variable Gallery
Through a resistance to the tenants of modernism Coe Lapossy centers erased histories and marginalized labor. They create work that revels in the subversive, how it sneaks in and makes change, how it works undetected because it must. They revisit queer artifacts wedged within a seemingly straight world, choosing these references, linking narratives from various times in history, things forgotten, erased, messages that 'flew under the radar'. With the reuse of these artifacts they create a meditation on what bodies we value, how we memorialize, and what/whom survives under the conditions we create.