‘ASSUMED IDENTITY’ ARTIST TALK
Please join Gloria’s for an artist talk with John Ahearn, Estelle Maisonett, and Kiara Ventura, moderated by Glendalys Medina. The discussion will focus on the works and themes in Estelle Maisonett’s show Assumed Identity, curated by Stephanie A. Lindquist. Gloria’s will open at 12pm on Sunday, May 26th, and we encourage you to visit the show prior to the talk at The Footlight, conveniently located across the street from the gallery.
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 features 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.
As always, Gloria's is proud to partner with our favorite neighborhood bar The Footlight, conveniently located across the street from Gloria's at 465 Seneca Ave. Food will be available for purchase from Valentine's, prepared with ingredients from local Ridgewood businesses.
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