City Wide, Carly Slade
CITY WIDE, CARLY SLADE
Where: Jane Hartsook Gallery - Greenwich House Pottery @ 16 Jones Street, New York NY, 10014
When: Friday, January 10th 5pm - Friday, February 7th, 6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10th 5pm-7pm
The Jane Hartsook Gallery is pleased to present Carly Slade’s first solo exhibition in New York City. Slade constructs buildings skewed by two-point perspective to tell universal stories about the way architecture communicates our hopes and lived experiences. In this exhibition, Slade has created three buildings from her former neighborhood in Philadelphia. Driving by these buildings on her way to and from her studio, she observed not only the buildings’ day-to-day changes, but also the residue of their deeper history: new signs, new paint jobs, a once-beautiful lintel in disrepair. Each of these buildings embodies what Slade grew to love and admire about Philadelphia—a sense of hope, dedication, and a “make it work” mentality.
Slade uses trade and craft skills to construct miniaturized buildings whose smaller scale invites us to think critically about how we communicate our identities through architecture and who we envision in certain spaces. Having worked in construction for ten years, Slade is highly attuned to the craftsmanship of a building’s construction and is accustomed to the way many men in that field made clear that they didn’t think she belonged there. She is skeptical of the divide between craft skills and trade skills; she sees as much knowledge and skill in a well-positioned pipe as in any craftwork. Just as Slade questions the distinction between trade and craft skills, she also questions the way spaces and skills are gendered. By combining skills that have been identified in the past as being exclusively “women’s” or “men’s” work, like cross-stitch or electrical wiring, to create her finished buildings, Slade calls out a host of false dichotomies.
For more information about the exhibit, click HERE.