As the snail takes the shape of its shell

October 24 - November 22 2020

Dan Driscoll, Ella Gonzales, Zainab Hussain, Christy Kunitzky, Ramolen Laruan, Shantel Miller, Preston Pavlis, Devon Pryce, Jagdeep Raina

Curated by Daniel Griffin Hunt, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Blair Swann, and Emma Welch

An online project responding to this exhibition by Mani Mazinani, John Nyman, Miles Rufelds, and Fan Wu can be found here.

Calcium carbonate is a chemical compound that is the main component of a snail’s shell. As a snail gets older and wiser, its shell shifts in shape; it becomes tougher, slender, more responsive. Each new calcium ring secreted from the snail’s mantle a signifier of passing time. The works in this show use the material parallel of the slow and organic growth of these shells as a metaphor to discuss notions of the fold, the crease and the trace as they pertain to domestic spaces and objects. The slow act of looking, of stitching, of painting. Of carving, of drawing, of writing. Images of places and people, sculptures of items worn close to the body, materials that evoke a closer look or even a cuddle. Just as a new ring on the snail’s shell responds to the ring before, the works in this show employ a similar responsive logic in their making.

Documentation courtesy of Alison Postma

Ramolen Laruan, loop, 2020, salvaged denim and thread, dimensions variable

Devon Pryce, Wear and Tear (Front), 2020, oil on canvas, 18 x 18”

Christy Kunitzky, Jennifer II, 2018, wool and jute, 48 x 58”

Dan Driscoll, Baseball Cap, 2020, carved wood, 13 x 5 x 4”

Ramolen Laruan, my mother’s mother and her mother, 2020, salvaged denim, wood, thread, grommet, pin, dimensions variable

Christy Kunitzky, Cold Life, 2017, wool, jute, cotton, copper, concrete, 58 x 60 x 20”

Jagdeep Raina, Winter in Washington, 2016, mixed media on paper, 30 x 44”

Dan Driscoll, Summer, 1979, 2014, carved wood, 33 x 16 x 8”

Devon Pryce, Wear and Tear (Back), 2020, oil on canvas, 18 x 18”

Zainab Hussain, Area Rug, 2019, furniture, tarp, dirt, plants, grow lights, dimensions variable

Dan Driscoll, 1977, Black Leather, 2017, carved wood, 36 x  19 x  8”

Ella Gonzales, Second-floor silhouette, 2020, oil on unprimed linen, 10 x 8”

Ella Gonzales, Look Around, 2020, oil on unprimed canvas, 14 x 12”
Ella Gonzales, A Window, 2020, oil on unprimed canvas, 18 x 16”

Jagdeep Raina, Basement politics, 2014, mixed media on paper, 50 x 60”

Jagdeep Raina, Driving back, 2014, mixed media on paper, 30 x 36”

Preston Pavlis, wait for a flood, 2020, colour pencil on drywall

Christy Kunitzky, Hard to Win, 2017, wool and jute, 54 x 60”

Dan Driscoll, 32x34 Regular, 2012, carved wood, 46 x 15 x 7”

Shantel Miller, Revealing, 2020, oil on panel, 24 x 18”

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