Creature

Izzy Commers’ photography is set in the internet age, but unlike the cerebralness of the ’net, Commers deals with the tangibleness of human bodies. In the exhibition “Creature,” self-exploration and navigating the body are done with love and awareness through the camera. In some images, Commers uses almost fluorescent colors and bright globs that look at once human and also otherworldly to create another reality altogether. Others are striking portraits of people Commers met. A pretty young artist at 20, Commers is also hyperaware of the ways in which marketing and advertising affect how we see ourselves and others, and serve to commodify life itself. There’s a rawness in these photographs that feels like a mode of empathizing. In an interview with ThisUsedToBe.us, Commers said: “For me, taking a photo is like combining yourself with your subject.” In addition to this exhibition, Commers has released a ’zine with contributions from Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Atlanta artists. (Opening 7-11 p.m. Sat. Ends May 19. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Av. NE., Mpls. Free.)

Alicia Eler