Estelle Maisonett:
ASSUMED IDENTITY


ESTELLE MAISONETT: ASSUMED IDENTITY
Artist-in-Residence, Spring 2019
Exhibition on view May 3–June 29, 2019

Opening

Gloria’s
Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm
Curated by Stephanie A. Lindquist

Artist Talk

The Footlight
Sunday, May 26th, 3-5pm
John Ahearn, Estelle Maisonett, and Kiara Ventura moderated by Glendalys Medina

Book Launch
Topos Bookstore
Thursday, June 20th, 7-9pm


Drawing from the many identities she carries as a Mexican-American-Puerto-Rican-queer woman, Estelle Maisonett creates large-scale mixed-media collages that explore how identity is fabricated through our choices as consumers. Maisonett traverses the urban landscapes of New York City, collecting our detritus and archiving her findings. Making use of the city's refuse—old clothes, crushed cans, magazine covers, protest signs—she recreates the domestic spaces and neighborhood hangouts of her native New York and populates these scenes with faceless figures. Without a body, how do we interpret these all-too-common leftovers of an American metropolis? Who are these individuals? And why do we identify them as such? Asking these questions, Maisonett's work highlights our limited perceptions of identity and the continued influence of American capitalism on our collective subconsciousness.

Assumed Identity is the culmination of Maisonett's eight-week artist residency at Gloria's. The show will feature an interactive site-specific installation as well as new collages and a series of editioned Risograph prints made possible by EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Parsons School of Design. A catalogue featuring a curatorial essay and interview with the artist is forthcoming. To RSVP for the artist talk and to become a Gloria's member, please visit our WithFriends page.

Estelle Maisonett is a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist who uses found objects to document the journey of the consumer and explore how identity is perceived through consumption. Estelle has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Silent Barn, Chashama, and SUNY Purchase College, amongst others. Maisonett has worked in the Bronx and New York City as a teaching artist, guest lecturer, and arts program administrator. She has created arts programming geared toward community building and social practice with organizations including the Department of Education, the Neuberger Museum of Art, The National Parks Service, and Bronx Children's Museum. She received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2013, was a 2018 Artist in the Marketplace Fellow at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and 2018 BronxArtSpace Summer Artist in Residence.


Estelle Maisonett, The New Yorker, 2019, Mixed media on panel, 16 x 16 inches