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opens tomorrow, Jan 9, 6-8p:

Spoil
 Jessica Stoller
 
P.P.O.W Gallery, 535 W22nd St., NYC (3rd Fl)

Stoller uses clay and the grotesque as a vehicle to explore the constructed, often idealized world of femininity, gathering imagery across cultural lines and histories, often fixating on the subjugation of the female body. Porcelain is her primary media, a historically weighted material that is inevitably linked to desire, mystery and consumption. The sculptures in Spoil spill out of decorative materiality into the Rococo maximalist mentality of pageantry, pomp and artifice that are often overlooked as frivolous ploys.  Through the synthesis of the symbolic female, culturally, historically and bodily, Stoller allows feminist language to expand within her work leaving room for subversion, defiance and play. Stoller uses a myriad of techniques to create her highly detailed works. First, hand-building the porcelain forms and incorporating porcelain slip, or liquid clay to coat fabric which burns away through controlled firing, leaving draping lace and flesh-like fabric ribbons.  Stoller’s knowledge of the medium allows her to manipulate the clay creating  a wide-range of effects: piped cakes, dripping syrup and rows of spikes and interlocking chains undergo multiple firings to develop each richly colored surface.  The resulting works embody a powerful sense of oppositions which blur the lines between real and imitated, normal and abnormal, perceived beauty and the bodily abject. - thru Feb 8

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Maximalist

As much as a minimalist I would love to be I would always rather be a maximalist in everything, I was never neat or the extra organized type of person and that’s kind of embarrassing because I’m a girl. Never trying to reduce anything because it doesn’t look perfect. I love the imperfections. I just do. I find the beauty in every fault. Call me naive but it’s not like that. There will always be a light to any darkness a hidden treasure to a scary adventure. Tell me, I don’t make sense but what does? I find it better to grasp everything within my reach that fails to interest me rather than to keep running towards an unreachable beauty when everything beautiful could just be lying there or anywhere. Sure there’s an ugliness to a perspective but to another, it’s all the beauty they will ever reach. My kind of maximalist is extending everything to their fullest… a day, capture it as the cliche saying goes.. carpe diem.. but what would be better is carpe omnia.. capture.. everything.

Tomorrow, Dec 13, 6:30p:

salon: petros chrisostomou and minja gu

International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Petros Chrisostomou will discuss the development of his work, from its origins rooted in maximalist free standing sculpture to his transition to a photographic practice in order to exemplify the importance of physicality, in relation to his understanding of his social position in a globalised world. Chrisostomou photographs small scale, ordinary, ephemeral objects in architectural models that he constructs, and then dramatically arranges, often employing lighting and staging conventions of the theatre. With the alteration of scale and reversal of the relation between object and space, his photographs challenge the viewers’ visual certainties.

Minja Gu will present a previous project based on performative actions and a new project, ‘Metropolitan Grand Hall of Music’, involving musicians.