‘it started with a rose’ group show at 315 Gallery, New York

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 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, and 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 embroidery, broken compasses, illustrated banners, papiermâché. Allusions to love may have become more subtle but are no less deeply felt.

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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.

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narrett-vr-experience-option-1-date-night-2016Sophia Narrett
VR Experience Option 1-Date Night, 2016
Embroidery Thread, Fabric, and Aluminum
40 x 19.5 inches

narrett-vr-experience-option-1-date-night-2016_detail-2Sophia Narrett
VR Experience Option 1-Date Night, 2016 (detail)
Embroidery Thread, Fabric, and Aluminum
40 x 19.5 inches

narrett-vr-experience-option-1-date-night-2016_detail-3Sophia Narrett
VR Experience Option 1-Date Night, 2016 (detail)
Embroidery Thread, Fabric, and Aluminum
40 x 19.5 inches

narrett-vr-experience-option-1-date-night-2016_detailSophia Narrett
VR Experience Option 1-Date Night, 2016 (detail)
Embroidery Thread, Fabric, and Aluminum
40 x 19.5 inches

jaeger-unititled-2016_detailElizabeth Jaeger
Untitled, 2016
Ceramic
Vase: 9.5 x 11.25 x 5.5 inches
Pedestal: 49.5 x 12 x 10 inches

englander-security-days-2013Liz Englander
Security Days, 2013
Acrylic on wood, papier mâché
22 x 16 x 2 inches

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ito-table-for-two-2016Greg Ito
Table For Two, 2016
Acrylic, varnish, satin, wood, steel, glass,
ceramic, wax, and string
57 x 66 x 28 inches

ito-table-for-two-2016_detailGreg Ito
Table For Two, 2016
Acrylic, varnish, satin, wood, steel, glass,
ceramic, wax, and string
57 x 66 x 28 inches

sagtro%cc%88m-you-gave-me-a-ring-of-glass-and-it-broke-and-love-ended-2016Anna Sagström
(You gave me a ring of glass)
And it broke and love ended, 2016
Acrylic glass, painted frame
15.75 x 15.75 inches

koch-the-long-road-to-hell-2016Aidan Koch
The Long Road to Hell, 2016
Digital print on silk, brass
65 x 24 inches

koch-the-long-road-to-hell-2016_detailAidan Koch
The Long Road to Hell, 2016 (detail)
Digital print on silk, brass
65 x 24 inches

maida-lonely-days-2016Lee Maida
Lonely Days, 2016
Pigment stick, watercolor, charcoal, and glazed
ceramic on inkjet print
43.75 x 31 x 1 inches

maida-lonely-days-2016_detailLee Maida
Lonely Days, 2016 (detail)
Pigment stick, watercolor, charcoal, and glazed
ceramic on inkjet print
43.75 x 31 x 1 inches

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stingily-keychains-2015DIamond Stingily
Keychains, 2015
Kanekalon hair, beads, elastic, silver key rings
Dimensions variable

stingily-keychains-2015_detailDIamond Stingily
Keychains, 2015
Kanekalon hair, beads, elastic, silver key rings
Dimensions variable

koch-infinity-choker-2016Aiden Koch
Infinity Choker, 2016
Sterling silver with sterling silver chain
Dimensions variable

koch-infinity-choker-2016_detailAiden Koch
Infinity Choker, 2016 (detail)
Sterling silver with sterling silver chain
Dimensions variable

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it started with a rose
at 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
October 15 – November 13, 2016

Curated by Cecilia Salama
w works by Elizabeth Englander, Greg Ito, Elizabeth Jaeger, Aidan Alexis
Koch, Lee Maida, Sophia Narrett, Anna Sagström, and Diamond Stingily

www.315gallery.com