Loren Erdrich’s pop-up solo show, Loren Erdrich: Taking us back from ourselves, will feature her newest sculptures and works on paper. The exhibition, curated by Adriana Rangel, focuses on a series of watercolor portraits, as well as wall- hanging ceramic sculptures. The show will be on view from February 5th – 7th, 2016 at 343 5th St, Brooklyn, New York with an opening reception on Friday, February 5th from 6-9pm.
Erdrich’s bodies (re)claim themselves in physical experience. Through sex they are stripped and bared – the physical and emotional laid open. The active viewer assumes the role of the onlooker, a silent witness to the intimacy of the subject. And thus Erdrich’s work raises questions; not in a search for certainty but as acts of exploration. What do we need from another being to validate our existence? What effect does an outside viewer’s presence have on the intimacy of these moments? What is the value of lust? As a whole this is about the creation and maintenance of relationships – each figure engaged in a singular relationship with each viewer, and with his/her own erotic self.
The materials chosen reflect the work’s humanity and vulnerability. The movement, flexibility, unpredictability and force of liquid mediums in water mirror the same qualities in human existence. When standing in front of Erdrich’s portraits, in complete contemplation, we may find ourselves in front of a mirror. Remnants of personal experience appear. Loren Erdrich’s work aims to breach the divide between this documentation and the experience. It is heavy with desire for intimacy, communication, for mutual validation of existence.