work by Naomi Nakazato, Juried Grand Prize Winner

work by Naomi Nakazato, Juried Grand Prize Winner

work by Mitchell Reece, Juried Runner Up

work by Mitchell Reece, Juried Runner Up

work by Kierra Branker, Juried Runner Up

work by Kierra Branker, Juried Runner Up

 

Twist and Twine, the 2nd annual summer open call show June 7 - 30, 2019

guest juror: Tiffany Smith

opening reception June 7, 6-10pm

on view: June 7 - 30, 2019 | Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6pm | 37-18 Northern Blvd, LIC

 

PARADICE PALASE is pleased to present Twist and Twine, their second annual summer exhibition, hosted off-site in partnership with ChaShaMa. They are honored to also work with guest juror Tiffany Smith through the open call and curation process. This year’s show features works responding to the theme of roots, engaging audiences through topics of personal and geographic history, nature, and the environment.

“To put down roots” is a common American expression that directly relates the long-term growth and stability of plants to the same long-term development of human habitats. With a multitude of insinuations, it’s a concept being increasingly challenged in our current socio-political global economy. This exhibition attempts to weave the various personal stories and heritages influencing each artist into a network of conversations surrounding immigration, loss, memory, family structures, personal identity, and the natural landscapes that surround us all.

Artists featured include:

Allison Maria Rodriguez, Angela Zhang, Anika Steppe, Ashley G. Garner, Bev Yockelson, Chellis Baird, Ciara O’Kelly, Dain DeltaDawn, Eva Redamonti, Georgia Hourdas, Gray Swartzel, Irina Rodnikoff, James Reeder, Jen Shepard, Jonathan Lee, Julia Gutman, Katie M. Westmoreland, Keavy Handley-Byrne, Kelley Donahue, Kierra Branker, Lauren Silberman, Leah Harper, Lila Freeman, Mahari Chabwera, Marin Leong, Melissa Eder, Mitchell Reece, Naomi Nakazato, Noémie Jennifer, Rene Gortat, Rina AC Dweck, Savannah Hardman, Seren Morey, and Tricia Townes.

Twist and Twine is open June 7th - June 30th, 2019 at 37-18 Northern Blvd in Long Island City, NY. The opening reception is Friday June 7th from 6-10pm. Open hours will be Thursday - Sunday, 12-6pm. For more information about the exhibition and the artists please go to www.paradicepalase.com or contact Lauren at paradicepalase@gmail.com.


Juror Statement:

Some of life’s best kept secrets dwell in backyards - where generations of growth are cultivated on ground that was always, once before, some other being’s home. Spaces become private and personalized, decorated on the surface to reflect the individuality of its current inhabitants while remaining tethered to a more vast network below ground. Connected through lifetimes by the sameness of our experiences, souls gather here to embed their own bits of wisdom, gossip, laughter, sorrow and solace into the fortified soil. Searching for nourishment, we create microcosmic studies of how life begins to grow, how it becomes fixed, and how it becomes un-tethered.

Considering the root as a point of origin, the works collected in Twist and Twine conjure literal and figurative interpretations that reference the cyclical nature of life and human connection to the natural world, while describing and inventing personal family histories, legends, and archetypes. The exhibit brings together painting, sculpture, textile, photography, video, and site specific installation work that reflects the artist's’ surroundings, filtered through an air of nostalgia to represent that which they hold sacred. Organic forms breed new life, patterns become symbolic, objects become emblems, celebrities become surrogate family members, and family members become icons. Collectively the work reminds us that growth is cyclical, and at the root of it all, we are inextricably entangled in our humanity.

-Tiffany Smith