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“Stay a While” presents a room of sculptural paintings by Leah Guadagnoli composed of textured panels, upholstered shapes, digitally printed fabric, and painted canvas uniting to form irregular results. These eclectic juxtapositions are a sort of exaggerated logo, a calling card of absurd proportions.
The lush environment, complete with custom wallpaper and a couch blasting with bold patterning designed by Guadagnoli, belies gaudy Miami sunsets and hints of "Saved by the Bell". It acts as a cohesive statement on abstraction's potential as graphic power. The imagery seems familiar, but is a design for a non-existent entity - fully empty, thwarting connection.
Leah Guadagnoli’s constructions are typically pieced together into unified forms. In “Special Occasion”, she has discovered a way to make her work ephemeral and interchangeable. This site-specific collaborative installation is composed of interactive abstract modular pieces that visitors can attach, rearranged and stick to the walls with Velcro.
The project addresses and challenges notions of authorship, negotiates nostalgia and memory, celebrates youth, and acts as a democratic and generative activity for all people—an invitation for inclusivity in the practice of art making.
Leah Guadagnoli creates imaginative sculptural paintings that blend intelligent postmodernism with subtle references to vintage found textiles, Art Deco architecture, the Memphis Group, as well as the 80's. While she harkens to the past, the artist creates a decidedly fresh sensibility and palette. Known for her use of candy colors, playful patterns, graphic shapes, and a blend of textures, her work is both serious and whimsical. The handmade nature of her practice is as strong as her allusion to age-old gender stereotypes.
Her latest show at Asya Geisberg Gallery received a rave review from the New York times and she also has been featured in Art News, Hyperallergic, Cultured Magazine, New American Paintings, and Maake Magazine. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY; Tilleard Projects, Lamu, Kenya among others. She is the founder of the Maple Terrace Artist Residency program and lives and works between New York City and Upper Hudson Valley.
Flutter combines the best qualities of both museums and galleries and revitalizes the viewing experience to engage and provoke curiosity through immersive atmospheres all while shedding light on living contemporary makers.
Art, for me at least, is an escape, a necessary distraction. It is a place of fiction based in reality. Rules don't apply. Creativity is powerful. As a maker, watching materials transform into something brand new is rewarding, exciting, and always a little unpredictable.
As a viewer, absorbing someone else's visual language is always a treat. I get to see the world through someone else's eyes. Artists care. They are risk takers and make the world a better place.
Play is ultimately undervalued, especially in art. In fact, I would say it is nearly non-existent in art. Art, whether it be painting on a wall or sculptures on the floor, is historically a static subject that requires viewing and contemplation. It is sacred, sophisticated and sometimes confusing. Security guards stand around museums telling you not to touch anything or get too close. They are there to protect. It is precious. It symbolizes value and prestige.
Flutter throws this all out the door. It is a revolt. A revolution. The viewer is now of equal importance to the work itself. The audience activates. The artists challenge these preconceived notions to create something new and innovative. Something inclusive and accessible that is still full of criticality and rigor.
"Play Date" could very easily evoke something childish or not taken too seriously. What it really means though is letting your guard down, blissfully losing control and leaving the rest to the environments that surround you.