HOME EDITIONFebruary 23 - March 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 23 | 7-9PM
Through this curatorial project, Essex Flowers asks a series of questions about art, the home, and unavoidably, commerce. How can we reassemble our lives by living with art? And who do we become when we live with the things made by the people we care about? To borrow the words of J. Morgan Puett, this project searches for new forms of "innovative domesticating" that ascribe deeper meaning to our precarious twenty-first century lives.
The members of Essex Flowers have invited more than thirty individuals to contribute works of art that interrogate the function, form, and craft of the domestic space. Ceramics tools, shower curtains, tables, lamps, and still-life paintings all ricochet off one another to create disparate vignettes of living. An effort of collectivity, we encourage visitors to construct their own narrative about who might call this space home, treating the various objects as clues that amount to a mode of being.
Over at NADA, Essex Flowers will present the exterior to this space, curating a quotidian site of commerce: a yard sale on the home's front steps. During a moment in which the “curated” home is administered and sold to us through Etsy knick-knacks, succulents, and Ikea bric-a-brac, this project sells the belief that objects fashion our subjectivity. So, Essex Flowers asks, who do you want to become?
Participating artists, in no particular order:
Sara Murphy, Sam Winks, Andy Robertson, Ilana Harris-Babou, Lizzie Wright, Rachel Domm, David Kennedy Cutler, Henri Paul Broyard, Rufus Tureen, Frank Haines, Catbox Contemporary, (with Nick Irzyk), Melissa Brown, Jesse Hamerman, Michael Mahalchick, Andrea McGinty, David B. Smith, Ben Dowell, Willie Wayne Smith, Amy Ruhl, Elise Duryee-Browner, Martha Mysko, Ofra Lapid, Denise Kupferschmidt, Robert Scott Whipkey, Jordan Nassar, Elizabeth Ferry, Ryan Falkowitz, Colby Bird, Sophy Naess, Amanda Baldwin, Michael Welsh, Patrick Arnold, Will Stewart, Hanna Sandin, Erika Somogyi, Ruth Rodriguez, Nickolaus Typaldos, Lydia McCarthy, Jamie Gecker, Nancy Smith ...and more.