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XINAN HELEN RAN et. al

Crumbs and Lather
March 15th to April 14th, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, March 15th, 6pm 

 
Image source: National Geographic and Timelapse Vision.

Xinan Ran’s second exhibition at Essex Flowers Gallery, titled "Crumbs and Lather," draws inspiration from this moment of deep-sea bonding and uses it as a quaint metaphor to mirror the frugal practice of joining a nearly finished sliver of soap with a new bar– a common household act that conserves the smaller piece and prolongs the utility of the soap. This act of merging, familiar to many, harks back to a more challenging era when thriftiness was a daily necessity.

“Crumbs and Lather” delves into the theme of “cleaning”, bringing to light the often overlooked “crumbs” of daily routine– the laundering of stains, the wiping away of handprints, and the collection, melting, and display of used soap pieces by various individuals. The exhibition aims to illuminate the collective imprints we leave on unseen layers of our urban interactions, emphasizing this shared act of mark-making in our collective presence.

Participating soap contributors: Tsubasa Berg, Noemi Jennifer Bonnet, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Jamie Chan, Cynthia Chen, Patrick Costello, Maria Jose García Estevez, Kate Fry, Kathleen Granados, Kristen Heritage, Patrick Mohundro, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Fangyu Liu, Xiran Luo, Tyrel Stokes, Micaela Varela, Jerome Wang, Martha Wilson, Queenie Wong, Marissa Wu, Amos Yeung, Aman Zaeghum and April Zhu. 

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Photos: Tsubasa Berg