TouchStop commences with an opening reception from 6 – 9 pm June 7 at Pro Arts’ Project Space, running until August 24. Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS is a space for art, debate, experimentation, and collaboration.TouchStop is a tour of installed exhibitions comprised of dozens of hand-sculpted glass penises engaged directly with the viewer. This edition is installed in the Project Space, Pro Arts’ storefront window gallery, the public-facing exhibition space accessible to passersby and art audiences 24/7.

“As an artist, my aim is to foster opportunities for people to understand and empathize with the lady experience,” says Gorski. “I try to create experiential works that catalyze conversations, where the presentation is not specific to any one gender and participants can safely share their perspectives, however different. I believe people learn best through experiences. I strive to make work that immerses people in new situations.”

Gorski’s show is designed to foster empathy by engaging participants in feminist ideologies and demonstrating the challenges of tolerating coercive behavior. “TouchStop” aims to drive change by inspiring thoughtful reflections about unintentionally sexualized interactions and the impact of men en masse. Gorski employs shock culture to instigate dialogue about relationship dynamics.

These conversations are often initiated with jokes, reflecting the audiences’ discomfort with the topic. Almost universally, they quickly shift from the joke to a dissection of the objectification of humans. Rape culture is a live issue. How can controversial exhibits assist in progress and unity? “TouchStop” intends to soften the route of understanding between the ‘privileged to’, and the ‘subjugated by’. Gorski invites the audience to step into the space and engage with an experience that is an unspoken understanding among many womxn.

“I just want you to have to walk by my dick every day, on your way to work, or whatever.”


Biography

Endlessly inspired by the curves of nature and bodyscapes alike, Marta Gorski has sought foundation for her work in the human figure. Since the early stages, Gorski has used various processes to create concept-driven installations. Her work is motivated by the tumultuous balance of social sexuality and aims to explore the consequence of intimacy through alternative perspectives. Gorski is a Canadian-born installation artist living in Oakland, California. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art with a Focus in Glass, and a Master of Business Administration. She works frequently with glass as a medium, but is not tied to any one process. Currently, she is exploring hot glass sculpting, large-format casting and neon. 

Statement 

As an artist, my aim is to foster opportunities for people to understand and empathize with feminist ideologies. I create experiential works that catalyze conversations, where the presentation of the experience is not specific to any one gender and participants can safely share their perspectives, however different. I believe people learn best through experiencing situations themselves and because of this, I strive to make work that encompasses people and immerses them in new situations. My upcoming show, Touch Stop, is designed to foster empathy by engaging participants in an understanding of the lady experience, and challenging beliefs that tolerate aggressive, coercive, objectifying and controlling behavior. Touch Stop is a tour of installed exhibitions comprised of hand-sculpted, glass phalluses engaged in various circumstances. In this edition, I will be displaying a large neon dick in the Project Space. Aimed at the outside world, this dick will light your way through the Frank Ogawa Plaza passage and lurk at you suspiciously as you move through your day. 

Public Program

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 PM
                     — Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus and Marta Gorski in conversation 
Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM