June 17, 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Opening Reception: Simone Kearney: Criers
Criers is a sequence of mostly unglazed ceramic sculptures depicting crying heads. Sometimes the clay of the sculptures is unfired, ready to dissolve back into unshaped materiality; sometimes it is fired, where expression has become petrified; sometimes a face or tear is tangible with stone; sometimes transformed into a glazed shard. Clay, as the primary material for these sculptures, emphasizes crying as radically elemental and acutely physical. In crying, the body is laying claim to the event. Sometimes, the clay serves as a means to express and represent an emotion, where a discernible face emerges from the material. At other times, the expression is subsumed by the very material used to convey it. And so here we see a wrestle between material and language, between sense and raw fact, between what we can decipher as something namable (a tear, a face, etc.), and what is otherwise simply churned, thumbed stuff. Crying itself also often marks a moment of such points of confluence and rupture, where the interior, and all the intangible, invisible, immaterial “stuff” of emotion, breaks through onto the surface of the body. Crying can be the manifestation of surplus: just as an emotion seems at times to surpasses the confines of the subjectivity that houses it, the body too exceeds itself with tears.
Simone Kearney is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include Annex Gallery at Lighthouse Works (NY) and Artshack Gallery (NYC). Select group exhibitions include Olympia Gallery (NYC), Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto, CA), Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NYC), Boston College (MA), La MaMa (NYC), NURTUREart (NYC), and Anytime Dept (OH). Her debut collection of poetry, DAYS (Belladonna*), was published in 2021. She is currently part-time faculty at Parsons School for Design.
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