Brooklyn, NY, March 29, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Steckly utilizes the hookup/dating-based service “Tinder” as a platform for artist selection. By “swiping right” on men who label themselves as Artists on their personal profiles, she appropriates Tinder’s intended use in order to hand select artists and their work for a temporary show—a show which has an ephemerality mirroring that of Tinder hookups.
The motivation behind Swipe Right is to express ones right to use apps like Tinder for sex and/or dating without shame. It is a gender-non-specific freedom to have mutually consensual sex with whomever he/she/they desire and in the same way it is his/her/their freedom to pursue this using whatever avenue is appropriate or convenient. As a woman who is focusing on depicting her sexual identity and pushing against the stigmas of how women ought to present their bodies and sexuality, Steckly’s selection of male artists represents her right and ability to combine business with pleasure.
Thematically, the selected works encompass the present body versus the absent body. Highlighting a disassociation which has become commonplace in modern dating due largely to technological advancement, the exhibition moves to suggest the gap between emotional/physical presence and absence; A gap which, thanks to Tinder, can be bridged with an algorithm and a simple “swipe right.”