Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe is an exquisite display of Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa’s characteristic penchant towards humor, abjection, and performance as he transforms bodily action into object form . For his solo exhibition at Plug In ICA, Ramirez-Figueroa immerses the viewer in a theatrical space where the fantastical meets a corporeal reality. He sets a stage through a series of sculptural forms painstakingly constructed out of Styrofoam, revealing an imagery and infantile world.
Exploiting an interest in the function and training of the body that is most acutely encountered in childhood, for this presentation at Plug In, Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe will be adapted from its recent incarnation at the Kunsthalle Lissabon in Portugal (Fall 2017). Invited into the exhibition through a scattering of objects , viewers encounter imperfect colored vessels arranged in careful clusters, and dispersed amidst small piles of “beautifully sculpted poo”. One deviant strand hovers serpent-like - fantastical and ominous, airborne amidst a human-sized giraffe; a sneaker-wearing pelican carrying a sack of feces; and a seated naked toddler.