Curated by Stephanie A. Lindquist
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 published by Material Publishing is forthcoming. To RSVP for the artist talk on Sunday, May 26th, and to become a Gloria's member, please visit our WithFriends page.
Please join us for an after party following the opening at our favorite neighborhood bar The Footlight, conveniently located across the street at 465 Seneca Avenue. Guests to Gloria's will receive a wristband for Happy Hour prices, beginning at 6pm.