Cecilia Salama is presenting solo exhibition The Butterfly Reprise at New York’s Arts + Leisure, opening July 21 and running to September 11.
The artist, whose domain/domain exhibition documentation featured on aqnb earlier this year, features a new body of work, including a series of sculptures and video installation. The press release opens with a short poem alluding to lost love, alienation and depravity:
This year I fell in love with a gymnast I’ve never met. I think it’s easier this way, she’s most likely underage. I grab her forcefully…
The text goes on to point to themes of “fantasy, displaced desire, romance and delusion” in an exhibition made up of entirely synthetic materials responding to the contemporary “dilemma of digital convenience” that creates its own kind of loneliness.
Domain/Domain, a solo exhibition by Cecilia Salama at New York’s The Java Project, September 26 to October 15, 2015, explored the overlapping spaces of our private lives through sculptural installation. Her bright and fashionable aesthetic combines printed photography processed into stiffened fabrics. Focusing on digital motifs of the home office/gym, close-ups of office mats, zip ties, and pull-up bars the work is abstracted into painterly collage that seeks to place the body in a fluid space between the IRL and URL.
Most of the works drape around the space, hanging from the wall and ceiling. A luminous blue coloured piece of material titled ‘Koi’ sags down like flesh. Draped like clothing or curtain, the multicoloured digital motifs titled ‘Romance’ and ‘Afterparty’ are moulded into an organic shape. Placed on the floor, ‘Shmurda Rebel Chinx’ takes its name from a combination of trap songs in an attempt to “gunkify” its reading.
The floor looks like a choreography of bodies that interact through a lack of intimacy with one another. In an interview with Chloe Dewberry, Salama reflected on her interest in new methods of human communication: “Every time I got something on Craigslist, I would think that perhaps I’d become friends with the person I was buying something from… is that kind of craving for human interaction normal?” Unsure of whether or not these spaces are a source of comfort and potential, the exhibition seems to remain unresolved, resting in a bipolar relationship with the new platforms that house our bodies.**
Zach Smith is curating a new group exhibition titled The Lorax Poemsat Brooklyn’sGood Work Gallery, opening October 3.
The show negotiates the “space between science and poetry”, highlighting artists whose works are inspired by a steady diet of both populist and academic contemporary media to create what they hope is “a paean to the natural world”.
Taking its name from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, a forest entity known for saying what nobody much wants to hear and eventually banishing himself just as his pessimistic prophecies come to fruition, the group exhibition features the works of eight artists, including Ella Görner, Michael Assiff, Carson Fisk-VittoriandCecilia Salama.