76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented Adventures in the Skin Trade, an exhibition of leather sculpture by Michelle Lopez. The work was produced in collaboration with The Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, using leather and fur from Trussardi's workshops. The exhibition had its initial showing at the Fondazione Trussardi in Milan this summer.
Lopez worked with leather as a surrogate for human skin. Her new sculptures were fleshy "creatures" of familiar yet curious shape. They implied embryonic and other human-like forms, reminiscent of strange children's cartoons. The leather skin was a metaphor for simultaneous protection and exposure. It was both sensuous and tough.
The title of the exhibition came from Dylan Thomas's picaresque novel, which implied mischief, mystery, and the illicit. The poet's intention for his only novel was to create a character who would not only experience all types of absurd "skins" but shed them as well, metaphorically, until the end when he would find himself naked.
Like the novel, all of the work was mysterious, unfolding its peculiar narrative. The exhibition evoked adventure by being playful, strange, and inviting to the touch while exploiting leather's sensuality.
Also in the exhibition is a Public Art Fund commission, Woadsonner, a "found automotive chassis 'turned' into a sensual sci-fi cruiser." The piece became a part of the plot as the transport or nest of all of these creatures.
AZORES (DJs Perry & Smith) specifically designed a soundscape track to complete the environment for Adventures of the Skin Trade.
Michelle Lopez lived and worked in New York where she was on the art faculty of Columbia and New York Universities. Her leather wrapped car was featured in the Greater New York exhibition organized by PS1 and the Museum of Modern Art last year. She has worked as a part of the fashion collective, ORFI and designed Michelle Lopez leather accessories with Trussardi.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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