Art in Dumbo Logo
Loading Events
Sylvia Netzer, Claire, 2023, Slip cast porcelain and glass roods, 14 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches.

February 14–March 10

Sylvia Netzer: Goddesses + Emaciation

at A.I.R. Gallery

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present Goddesses + Emaciation, an exhibition of new wall-mounted ceramic sculptures by New York Member Sylvia Netzer. This is Netzer’s fourteenth show at A.I.R.

Sylvia Netzer is FAT! During a studio visit in 2000, the art critic Suzaan Boettger told her that her girth was what people first noticed about her. Boettgen’s comment inspired Netzer’s 2001 exhibition at A.I.R., FAT SHOW. Though Netzer has since lost over one hundred pounds, issues of body dysmorphia and self-acceptance continue to shape her life and practice.

The sculptures in Goddesses + Emaciation reflect Netzer’s ongoing struggle with self-care and love. They are also the outcome of her five-year study into slip casting. The works in the exhibition are comprised of ceramic goddess figures and dismembered doll parts, both of which were slipcast with liquid porcelain clay in plaster molds. The molds for the goddess figures were formed by hand, while the doll parts were cast from a famous fashion doll. Plaster is known for its deliquescent properties. As it absorbs moisture from the clay, it leaves a hollow ceramic shell behind.

The hollow quality of the resulting figures allows Netzer to yoke them in surprising and surreal combinations. Joined by surgical glass rods, slender doll parts appear to emerge from the more rotund goddess figures. The goddess figures take on various shapes throughout the exhibition. Some are fatter, some are slimmer. Some are tall, some are short. But because the doll parts are cast from mass-manufactured toys, their shape remains constant. The composite sculptures reflect the disorienting effects of body dysmorphia. Though our perceptions of our bodies are constantly mutating, the stifling perfection that the fashion doll embodies persists unremittingly.

“We have all taken in our own Barbara Millicent Roberts,” says Netzer. “We all feel society’s pressure to conform to an unrealistic ideal of what we ‘should’ look and be like.” The sculptures in Goddesses + Emaciation give form to feeling, as they aim to represent in three dimensions our anxieties that we are too big, too flabby, too short, or too tall. And yet, through their humor, they also embody something more joyous: the hard-won feeling of self-acceptance and self-love.

A.I.R. Gallery

155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

Get Directions

Nearby

  1. Screening, Special Event

    Dumbo Projection Project: Closing Show

    DUMBO, Brooklyn

    April 13April 14
  2. Screening

    Movie Night: Prototype 1.0

    Springs Projects

    May 2, 6:00 PMMay 2, 6:00 PM
  3. Exhibitions

    Prototype 1.0

    Springs Projects

    April 12May 20
  4. Exhibitions

    The Space Between

    Platform Project Space

    April 12May 11

1. Open Studios, Special Event

Dumbo Open Studios 2024

April 13–April 14

DUMBO, Brooklyn

View in map

2. Screening, Special Event

Dumbo Projection Project: Closing Show

April 13–April 14

DUMBO, Brooklyn

View in map

3. Opening Reception

Opening Reception: "New Work," "Sleepwalking" & "Did you have a hard time finding me?"

April 20, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

4. Screening

Movie Night: Prototype 1.0

May 2, 6:00 PM–6:00 PM

Springs Projects

Open: Thursday-Saturday 12-6

View in map

5. Exhibitions

Closing Soon

Mo Kong: Swift Island Chain

February 10–April 14

Smack Mellon

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

6. Exhibitions

Closing Soon

Sunny Leerasanthanah: This is as far as I can take you

February 10–April 14

Smack Mellon

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

7. Exhibitions

Billie Elise presents “Kiffy”

February 15–April 30

Billie Elise NY

View in map

8. Exhibitions

Closing Soon

Xinyi Liu: Scab

March 6–April 14

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

9. Exhibitions

Celebrating the Art of Cuban Women

March 7–April 20

Cuban Art Space

Open: Wed–Sat, 12–6 PM; Sun–Tues By Appt.

View in map

10. Exhibitions

Eli Craven: Soap Opera

March 7–April 24

Klompching Gallery

Open: Wed–Sat, 11 AM–6 PM

View in map

11. Exhibitions

David van Dartel: This Time Tomorrow

March 7–April 27

Klompching Gallery

Open: Wed–Sat, 11 AM–6 PM

View in map

13. Exhibitions

Closing Soon

Yvonne Shortt: Shedding My Toxic Core

March 16–April 14

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

14. Exhibitions

Closing Soon

Allison Halter: THRESHOLD

March 16–April 14

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

16. Exhibitions

Tadao Takano: Cybergrams 1982-1988

March 30–May 18

Higher Pictures Generation

Open: Mon (By Appt.); Tues–Sat, 11 AM–6 PM

View in map

17. Exhibitions

Ursula Clark and James Howard Collins: Earth/Unearth

April 4–April 28

Gallery Gaia

Open: Sat–Sun, 2–7 PM

View in map

18. Exhibitions

Satu Nisu: Nature's Wonders; Textile Impressions of Finnish Landscape

April 4–April 27

Loop of the Loom

Open: Tues–Sun, 11 AM–6 PM

View in map

19. Exhibitions

The Space Between

April 12–May 11

Platform Project Space

Open: Fri–Sat, 12–6 PM

View in map

20. Exhibitions

Prototype 1.0

April 12–May 20

Springs Projects

Open: Thursday-Saturday 12-6

View in map

21. Exhibitions

Denisse Griselda Reyes: Did you have a hard time finding me?

April 20–May 19

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

22. Exhibitions

Ann Schaumburger: New Work

April 20–May 19

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map

23. Exhibitions

Roberta Dorsett: Sleepwalking

April 20–May 19

A.I.R. Gallery

Open: Wed–Sun, 12–6 PM

View in map