FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
My Lands are Islands
January 9 – February 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Fri. January 9, 7-9pm
NURTUREart is delighted to announce Gabriela Salazar’s solo exhibition My Lands are Islands. In this project Salazar uses the form of a simple machine (the wedge/shim) to perform its usefulness through allegorical “work”. Here, the wedges are made of a rudimentary clay of coffee grounds, an ingredient that comes out of the artist’s family’s history as part of Puerto Rico’s coffee trade.
These small serial works are exhibited on pedestals made of white glazed brick reminiscent of the material used in condominium construction in NYC during the 1950’s and 60’s. These “pedestals”, while referring to urban architecture, also play with the forms of minimalist sculpture, in essence opening up an intersection between their simplicity as Ur-Object and the heterogeneity of the social/cultural city.
My Lands are Islands is a meditation on histories consisting of conflated temporalities, dealing with issues of colonialism, modernism, minimalism, urbanism and feminism drawn from the artists’ personal history. The coffee-clay is unstable at Salazar’s chosen scale, hence the wedge sculptures will collapse and deteriorate over the run of the exhibition. The wedges perform this collapse at a peculiarly stubborn rate; too slow to watch but frustrating to any sense of the permanent or archival. This cycle of binding and breaking apart is an interesting foil to the temporalities of both the ever-changing city and the timelessness central to Minimalism’s grand narrative.
My Lands are Islands was organized and curated by Marco Antonini. An accompanying eBook will feature a text by Colby Chamberlain, installation shots of the exhibition and close ups of the works.
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NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc is a 501(c)3 New York State licensed federally tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1997 by George J. Robinson. NURTUREart receives support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, including member item funding from City Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York State Council on the Arts. NURTUREart is also supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council of Northern Ireland, Harold and Colene Brown Foundation, Con Edison, Czech Center New York, Edelman, the Francis Greenburger Charitable Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund, the Golden Rule Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Walentas Family Foundation. We receive in-kind support from Lagunitas, Societe Perrier, Tekserve, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. NURTUREart is grateful for significant past support from the Liebovitz Foundation and the Greenwall Foundation, and to the many generous individuals and businesses whose contributions have supported us throughout our history. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the artists who have contributed works of art to past benefits—our continued success would be impossible without your generosity.