a handle, a stem, a hook, a ring, a loop
Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26, 3-8pm
Saturday, June 27, 1-6pm
Non-Attachment Pinata Party: June 27, 4-6pm
Lauren Frances Adams and Christine Wong Yap share interests in how objects and possessions are imbued with meaning. a handle, a stem, a hook, a ring, a loop is a collaborative installation of imaginative objects and paintings that explore desire, loss, and non-attachment.
Garages often serve as surplus storage, but the lack of excess space in NYC inspired Wong Yap to make papier-mâché piñatas of objects that she would like to own but cannot store, such as cooking appliances and woodworking tools. The exhibition culminates on Saturday with a ‘non-attachment piñata party,’ where the confetti-filled piñatas will be available for the public to hit and destroy in a gesture of letting go.
Adams invites strangers to submit a story of their personal desires and burdens to prompt a painting, resulting in a display of the finished artworks that will be exchanged with their new owners after the close of the show. Inspired by the exchange found at garage sales and on internet websites like Craigslist, Adams performs a ‘service’ to solicit the hidden appreciations and antagonisms between strangers and their possessions.
To participate, visit this online form: https://goo.gl/forms/a2BJdQKhpS.
Lauren Frances Adams mines the histories of power, labor, and material culture to make surprising connections that resonate with current sociopolitical issues. She is a resident of Baltimore, Maryland.
Christine Wong Yap makes sculptures, installations, participatory projects, and drawings to spark and sustain attention to emotional experiences. A long-time resident of Oakland, California, she relocated to Queens in 2010.
Lauren and Christine are part of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist collective that aims to mount exhibitions that provoke interpretation and dialogue, engaging with a wide forum to disseminate aesthetic experience. OyG works collaboratively over geographical distances to extend beyond local communities and forge larger networks of cultural dialogue.
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