With finely sculpted porcelain-and-stoneware ceramics pigmented in pastel hues, Genesis Belanger (b. 1978) creates fantastical objects that cull the uncanny from the everyday.
Genesis Belanger, Flutter, 2018; Juicy, 2018; One Day at a Time, 2018; and Primary Pills, 2018. Installation view: “Liquid Dreams,” Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Perrotin, and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles
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Seemingly mundane items— from fruits and flowers to cigarette stubs, lipstick tubes, and stray pills—are rendered strange as they become surrogates for the body, evoking both comfort and disquiet. Belanger conjures associations rich in references from Pop Art to the Surrealist object to seventeenth-century Dutch vanitas paintings, yet her work’s psychic impact remains acutely attuned to archetypes of the present. Belanger’s elegantly smooth and supple forms often contrast with their darkly humorous insinuations relating to pertinent subjects such as mass production, chemical dependency, and the absurdity of patriarchy.
Belanger presents a new installation in the window of the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building. Her project joins a new series of window installations that relaunches a program the New Museum originally mounted in the 1980s.
This project is curated by Margot Norton, Curator.
Genesis Belanger (b. 1978) lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include “A Strange Relative” with Emily Mae Smith at Perrotin, New York (2018), and “Cheap Cookie and a Tall Drink of Water” at Mrs. Gallery, New York (2017). Belanger has forthcoming solo shows at Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (May 2019), and Galerie Rodolph Janssen, Brussels (November 2019). Group exhibitions include the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2018), Reyes Projects (2018), Pioneer Works (2016), and Invisible Exports Gallery (2016) in New York. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and was a Pioneer Works Fellow in 2017. Belanger received a MFA from CUNY Hunter College in 2012 and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004.