This show is a fleeting exploration of the home as concept and lived material space in which taste, anxiety, and desire take shape. Playfully using the concepts of the uncanny and the “uncanny valley” as points of reference, selected objects and their placement within a house-turned gallery are meant to call attention to the act of attaching emotions to the things that populate our inhabited domestic spaces. The home takes on a special role as site of origin and desired return – an (extra)ordinary domestic environment filled with art that may provoke empathy or aversion.
Each artwork experiments with common items such as silverware, clothing, and drinking vessels that simultaneously maintain their likeness to everyday things, while also marking a deviation from their original role or look. Each object plays with the frustrations that accompany our desires, our conflicting sensations of attainment and loss, of agency and impotence, of safety and fear through the representations of objects caught in the act of divergence.
Lisa Crossman & Julia Csekö
Saturday, March 19, 2016: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
March 19-April 9, 2016
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Thursday-Friday, 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, 2:00-6:00 pm
Céline Browning, Julia Csekö, Joana Traub Csekö, Jonathan Talit, Kate Gilbert, Elana Adler, Amelia Young, Mia Cross, Kate Nielsen, Adam Puryear
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Lisa Crossman is an art historian and budding curator. She holds a PhD from Tulane University, specializing in the history of modern and contemporary art of Latin America. She is currently an Editor of Big Red & Shiny, and her range of professional experience includes recent work with the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University.
Julia Csekö is an American/Brazilian artist and independent curator. Csekö is a founding member of the GrupoPy artist collective, with which she organized and curated 6 group shows between 2005 and 2008. She is a 2016 Walter Feldman Fellow, awarded by the Arts and Business Council in Boston, she served as a consultant and curator for the Cambridge Center for Adult Education fundraiser “Raise the Roof 2012”, and has worked closely with a wide array of art professionals and over 200 artists both established and upcoming.