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.