Exodus Trilogy, 2017

exodus, 2017

Sheet lead, galvanized nails. 76” x 85” x ¼”

The title piece of three pieces comprising “Exodus Trilogy (exodus, faygele, /’faget/)”, an installation created on-site in the 10’x8’x10′ project room at UConn’s Benton Museum of Art. Searching for meaning and motivation in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, I thought of the pile of toxic lead scraps left over in my studio. I associated its smoldering power with the burning bush from Exodus, as a fury that fuels without consuming. Organized by size, and nailed to the wall, the lead lashes made an inverted triangle, appearing as a defiant symbol of discarded and persecuted communities.


faygele, 2017

Cast iron, sheet lead, painted wood. 4½” x 23” x 3½”

The second piece comprising Exodus Trilogy. Three unfinished iron casting of my daughter’s right hand hold small piles of half-oval lead sheet cutouts, salvaged from the same process that created the leftovers used for the title piece in the trilogy. Faygele is Yiddish for little bird, used as a term of endearment for a little girl, and as a derogatory epithet for a gay man, perhaps as a softer alliteration of /’faget/, the title of the last piece in this trilogy.

 

/ˈfaɡət/, 2017

Sheet lead, cut nail. 11” x 4” x 1”

The third piece comprising Exodus Trilogy. Spelled phonetically to encourage viewers to Google it, the title points to the etymology of the word faggot, used to describe a bundle of sticks gathered for fuel, an impoverished old widow, and, along with faygele, a gay man.

 

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Without Irreverence, 2013-14

Without Irreverence (divas and acrobats), 2013-14

Glazed porcelain. Fouty-one figures @ 4”- 5” high.

In Virginia Woolf’s “To the Light House”, the author’s alter ego, artist Lily Briscoe, says of her painting’s subject, “A mother and child may be reduced to a shadow without irreverence.” Woolf’s novel of familial loss and reconciliation inspired this installation of hand-altered porcelain slip-castings based on a mother and daughter pair of antique style cloth-body china dolls. Forty individually mounted figures strike poses based on feminist painter Nancy Spero’s iconic temple acrobats, sky goddesses, and divas. They spread out and come together across the gallery wall, at once bound by and set free from the consequences of their intimacy.

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Home Sick, 2011

Home Sick, 2011

Sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, cast iron
24 castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″
Chair 32.5″x16.5″x17.5″; Bags @ approx. 11″x5″x3″

Home Sick, a retrospective installation, presented a complete collection of forty-eight pair of metal dental casts, each resting on an individual porcelain niche-shelf. The casts chronicle the falling out and growing in of a pair of siblings’ teeth over a seven-year period. The sister’s collection of teeth, cast in silver, is called Tooth for a Tooth; the brother’s, cast in bronze, is called Cheek by Jowl. The teeth are souvenir relics serving as a memoir and memorial of childhood from a mother’s perspective. The maternal self-portrait, Dear as Salt, a cast iron chair standing askew with one leg lifted on two cast iron lunch bags, accompanied the collection of teeth. The installation closed with two piles of sheet lead plaques that record the siblings’ days spent home sick in the course of a year.


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Without Irreverence at Soho20

Tue, May 21, 2013 – Sat, Jun 15, 2013

SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY
547 West 27th St. Suite 301
NEW YORK, NY 10001
T. 212.367.8994
F. 212.367.8984
info@soho20gallery.com

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Opening Reception May 23, 2013 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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SOHO20 Chelsea presents “Without Irreverence,” new ceramic sculpture by Monica Bock. In To the Light House, Virginia Woolf suggests that, “A mother and child may be reduced to a shadow without irreverence.” Woolf’s novel of reconciliation, built on memories of familial loss and regeneration, is the initial inspiration for Monica Bock’s recent sculptural work using hand-altered glazed porcelain slip castings of a mother-daughter pair of early-twentieth century style dollhouse figures. Striking poses based on iconic temple acrobats, sky goddesses and divas, or succumbing to the weight of their own skins, Bock’s mothers and daughters dance en masse and gather in small conversations across the gallery walls, at once bound by and set free from the consequences of their intimacy.

 

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Separation Anxiety at Pelham Art Center

My Postpartum Miniature and portions of Don’t Forget the Lunches included in Separation Anxiety at the Pelham Art Center through March 31, 2012. A number of other wonderful artists making art about the emotional complexities of childhood and childrearing…

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SIGHT unSEEN vol.2

A guest led gallery tour featuring women artists exhibiting in New York City.

Saturday June 25th, 2-4pm

Tour starts promptly at 2:00pm at

Postmasters Gallery, 449 W 19th Street

 

Led by artist and curator Jennifer Wroblewski.

Featuring gallery talks by Martin Aguilera of Cheim & Read and Monica Bock of SOHO20 Chelsea.

 

Join SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery and curator Jennifer Wroblewski for SIGHT unSEEN vol.2, the second in an ongoing series of gallery tours through the Chelsea arts district of New York City. SIGHT unSEEN encourages the examination and discussion of art by women and hopes to share with the public the myriad of provocative, inquisitive, and engaging works by women artists. This month’s tour will feature works by Sally Smart, Jessica Rohrer, and Louise Bourgeois.

Jennifer Wroblewski, born California, 1973, is a visual artist, curator, and professor. Her work consists of monumentally scaled drawing and drawing installation projects which explore the relationship of the expressive mark to written language, the relationship between performance and product, and historical aspects of drawing technique and language.

 

Wroblewski’s curatorial interests include the relationship between motherhood and art-making and the ways in which artists navigate this fraught terrain.
Her drawings and curatorial project were included in the feminist art survey The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. In 2009/2010, she curated the exhibition Mother/mother-* at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn.
This tour is FREE and open to the public!

The tour will commence at 2pm at Postmasters Gallery, and  culminate at SOHO20 Chelsea just before 4pm for a reception with light refreshments and a brief talk by artist Monica Bock.

Other galleries featured in the tour include Cheim and Reid and P.P.O.W.

To RSVP and receive a complete list of galleries and addresses please email the gallery at soho20@verizon.net or call 212.367.8994

SOHO20 Chelsea is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been promoting the work of women artists through exhibitions and public events since 1973.

 

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