June 12th - June 25th, 2017
PARADICE PALASE is pleased to present their inaugural show Paradise Express - a fusion of utopian tropics, the “urban jungle” and the wild, untamed outcomes they relate to or result from. Each artist builds their practice while informed in some way by tropical and indigenous flora and fauna. Symbols of leisure and reminders of oasis, plants backdrop our lives from brand logos to crayon names to dinnerware prints. Florals, house plants, lush tropics, scenic nature--all have long been associated with the feminine. In this six person show, the contemporary female perspective is explored by transforming these tropes into varying political landscapes on such subjects as gender, escapism, geo-political borders, and habitats of oppression. A closer look at Netta Laufer’s c-prints reveals an absence amongst the thematic tableaus that may inspire donations to the World Wildlife Fund. Annique Delphine’s ABUNDANCE series captures massive bouquets of roses and garden flowers soaked in pastel goo - an apparent comment on female sexualization. Flora can be a reminder of the oasis that awaits, or be warped into a grotesquely faux reality.
Works range in media from photography, and painting to video and mixed media sculpture - a key component to the mission of PARADICE PALASE. The project space is self-described as an “artist-first community-funded gallery model”, focused on multidisciplinary programming that promotes viewership and sales for the artists involved. Paradise Express features works by Margaret Murphy, Kat Ryals, Joani Tremblay, Annique Delphine, Camille Hoffman, and Netta Laufer.
Online: August 15th - September 15th
Pop Up: August 24th
PARADICE PALASE is pleased to present their second show in a series of 6 as part of a year-long experiment..
How far does decomposition go before you can no longer recognize something? How far can something be warped and still we can identify? Consider a body farm, a place of widdling away, and also a place of discovery in that destruction. Each artist in the show is exploring a part of their culture or heritage through these acts.
Whether utilizing the internet as the palette or virtual reality as the chisel, this group of artists embraces the digital within their practice. Pushing the boundaries of the medium, these artists are farming their own bodies and histories; the works displayed are the cultivation of that exploration.
James Brehm transforms his own body - its likeness, posture, movements, etc - as the source of his structural and tableau-like works. Valery Estabrook And Yaloo explore deeper personal themes of heritage, agriculture and the distortion of cultural stereotypes. Frank Wang and Jonathan Sims address philosophical ideals of ancient texts and contemporary western culture through virtual worlds and projected glyphs. Mark Sabb’s self-proclaimed “digital activism” lends itself to an eternal network who challenge the current social and political landscapes.
PARADICE PALASE gives a physical home to these digital works, embracing the medium as the catalyst for a secondary truth. Whether mined from across the internet or grown from invented language, Body Farm attempts to solve the question of identity within these distorted works.
Body Farm includes works by Yaloo, James Brehm, Valery Jung Estabrook, Casey Kauffmann, Mark Sabb, Jonathan Sims, and Yefeng "Frank" Wang.