exhibitions > SPLAY (12/11/20 - 01/16/21)

Curated by Kelly McConnell and Ashley Page
December 11 - January 16

SPLAY is everything and is nothing, tangled, intertwined, rewoven, spread out in non-conforming ways. It’s exhausting to be twisted, turned, ravaged, and spit out by the institutions, expected norms, and the social constructs that bind us. Within this exhibition, artists take what has been splayed, stripped, and extracted to mend and reconstruct a new vision of themselves and for us. We disassemble the harsh, psychological landscape to envision fresh possibilities for a new way of being, reformed in collaborative spirit and solidarity.

In the year of 2020, we experienced the continuity of harsh psychological realisms play over and over in empty studios. We’ve perceived elation as the ultimate form of exhaustion, but we ask: How do we obtain a balance between euphoria and depletion?

SPLAY includes artists whose work we knew deeply because it comes from the same axis and base. The work inclines to meet you, whether oblique or straightforward, and always slightly devious, fun and underhanded. We will not use your right angles, rather we will meet your gaze knowing that to SPLAY is to be more at display, extra, and fully inserted in this world.

Hannah Adams
Greta Bank
Sascha Braunig
Annika Earley
Future Mothers (Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella)
Athena Lynch
Kelly McConnell
Ashley Page
Anoushe Shojae-Chaghorvand
Danielle Scott
Kiana Thayer

Posters and takeaways by Joey Tatlock of Pickwick Independent Press.

Kelly McConnell, SPLAY: Self Portrait Under Gaslighting
Butcher paper, duct tape, chalk, graphite, sumi ink, acrylic paint and mediums
120 x 92 in. (diptych)
Ashley Page, Self Portrait No. 1
Reed, tension, gravity, and fragile connection
18 x 20 x 25 in.
Sascha Braunig
Oil on linen over panel
42.5 x 60 in.
Annika Earley, Cloak
Faux fur, gold leaf, embroidery thread, acrylic paint, PVA glue
8' x 4'
Future Mothers, Tent/Totem/Text
Screen print, relief, hand dyes, and embroidery on cotton and linen
8 x 8 ft.
Kiana Thayer, Love Letter. No. 1
Tufted yarn on burlap
3.25' x 3.25'
Anoushé Shojae-Chaghorvand, Yes, I
Performance in colaboration with Poppy, security camera footage