it started with a rose
Population density increases and yet our lives become more and more sterile. Seamless, Amazon, camboys. Through digital-only interactions, we have conditioned ourselves to go days without human contact.
A first kiss. Caught in the act, their lips barely touching. Based on characters from Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Paolo and Francesca’s passion grows as they read a romantic fairy tale together. Rodin’s The Kiss was so scandalous in its time it was hidden away. Passion, desire, even eroticism show through roughly carved marble; a sculpture able to convey interactions between two humans so thoroughly through interactions between human and object alone.
Contemporary craft shows us something different. Elizabeth englander, Greg ito, Elizabeth Jaeger, Aidan Alexis Koch, Lee Maida, Sophia Narrett, Anna Sagström, Diamond Stingily, provide a new kind of dexterity to sculpture. The deep loneliness cultivated by digital culture arguably has enhanced our desire to seek comfort in objects that remind us of sensuality. While not as epic as carving a chunk of marble, there is a sweet honesty to hair weaves with heart clips, painstakingly detailed embroi- dery, broken compasses, illustrated banners, papier-mâché. Allusions to love may have become more subtle but are no less deeply felt.
Is it romance that has changed, or craft?
This group show includes a diverse company of 7 women and 1 male who practice in different areas of the world: New York, San Francisco, and Sweden. Currently, Aidan Alexis Knoch, Diamond Stingily and Sophia Narrett have solo shows at Signal, Ramiken Crucible and Freight & Volume respectively.
it started with a rose was curated by Cecilia Salama (b.1990, London, ENG). Cecilia lives and works in New York,NY and received her BA from Brown University, Providence, RI in 2012. Her recent solo shows include domain/domain at The Java Projects, Brooklyn, NY, 2015; Cecilia Salama at Art Baby Gallery (online) 2015; Universal Pavilions at So What Space, Brooklyn, NY, 2013. Her recent group shows include Daps at Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2015; art+crush at Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2015; The Lorax Poems at Good Work Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2015.
Greg Ito (b.1987, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. He had a recent solo show SOOTHSAYER at Steve Turner, Los Angeles, 2016. Liz Englander (b. 1988) Lives and works in New York, NY. She will receive her MFA from Hunter College, NY in 2018. Her recent group shows include Under the Volcano, 2016 at LOMEX Gallery, New York, NY, 2016. Sophia Narrett (b.1987, Concord, MA) She received her MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014 and her BA In Visual Arts From Brown University in 2010. She had a recent solo show Early in the Game at Freight + Volume, New York, NY, 2016. Aidan Koch (b.1988 Seattle, WA) lives and works in New York, NY. She received her BFA from Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, OR. She had a recent show Mood Board at Mission Comics, San Francisco, CA, 2014. Elizabeth Jaeger (b.1988 San Francisco, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR in 2011. She had a recent solo show Elizabeth Jaeger at And Now, Dallas, TX, 2015. Lee Maida (b.1983, Bridgeport, CT) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY. She had a recent two person show Early Minutes at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, 2014. Anna Sagström (b. Stockholm, Sweden) lives in works in Berlin, Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, and Fagersta, Sweden. She studied at Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. She had a recent show DEEP SKIN at Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOlab), 2015. Diamond Stingily (b. 1990 Chicago, IL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She had a recent solo show Elephant Money at Ramiken Crucible, New York, 2016.