Neighbor's Window: Upturned Eaves
Neighbour's Window: Statue of A Poet
Tetris Window: Private Palace
Neighbour's Window: Victory
Edition 2 of 5, 2 AP. This artist is represented 47 Canal.
Elle Pérez explores the complicated project of queer visibility through photographs embedded with subtle narrative codes. The artist explains, "As undercover faggots, our erotic actions have to be completed in two parts – without one of these parts there is no relief. The first part has to do with the way we make our world, and the second has to do with the way we move through it. In the domain of photography, our relationship can live as ambiguously as a picture, especially since this picture cannot be claimed as anyone's evidence but instead, a truthful lie. The lie of this photograph helps me hide the truth of this love, so it can be acknowledged and hidden at the same time."1
1Artist's statement for Elle Pérez: In Bloom, 47 Canal, New York, March 1 - April 8, 2018.
Taking up the language of minimalist abstraction, Jonah Groeneboer questions the relationship between seeing and knowing with thread sculptures that are nearly invisible from certain angles. While abstract, his lissome forms explore body politics in their insistent refusal of the viewer’s gaze. Light Sculpture Study shifts this inability to see from the real-time space of the encounter with thread to a time and place beyond the gallery.
Light Sculpture Study
The present work is composed of a lavish silk rug with an embedded artificial trap door that gives the illusion of a deep void within. However, this sense of fantasy is eroticized by the work’s title Behind The Green Door, which references the 1972 American feature-length pornographic film. Characteristic of Da Corte's practice as a whole, the work explores the formal potential of everyday artifacts of consumer culture and questions how these commodities can hold meaning beyond their original function.
Behind The Green Door