Designer and artist Victoria Bartlett has long played with concepts of the human body and shape with the skin-tight, avant designs she produces with her line VPL, and explores similar themes in her new exhibit and book with Renée Vara. Second Skin examines "the concepts of corporal dissection, examination and re-assemblage" via works by 15 artists including David Armstrong, Hrafnhlidur Arnardottir (aka Shoplifter), Mark Borthwick, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Judith Eisler, Genesis P-Orridge, Katerina Jebb and Adam McEwen among others. The show opens tonight with a private reception at the VPL shop at 5 Mercer Street and will be open to the public tomorrow through July 31st. Check out these preview images from the show.



Adam McEwan, On Feeling (Steak), 2010, C-print, Concrete Frame, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Genesis P-Orridge & Eric Heist, Untitled (from Candy Factory series), 2001, Courtesy of the artists and INVISIBLE-EXPORT.

Joe Maloney, Odell spring creek, Montana, 1996, Digital Inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Judith Eiser,  Faye & Steve (3), 2007, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, A contact sheet from the Lucky 13 series, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York.

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxx), 2011, Wax and earth pigments, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels and INPUT Journal/ Vara Fine Arts.