Habitat (Some Pleasures and Discomforts of Domestic Life)

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Picture 8- Eating and climbing, wooden structure 3" from Puzzle Box, 2009
Habitat (Some Pleasures and Discomforts of Domestic Life)
Curated by: Beatrice Gross

551 West 21st Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
June 10th, 2010 - July 17th, 2010
Opening: June 10th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

212 206 1967
Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-6
photography, mixed-media, conceptual, modern, sculpture





Twenty First/Twenty First gallery is pleased to present Habitat (Some Pleasures and Discomforts of Domestic Life), a group exhibition gathering works by Davide Balula, Marcelline Delbecq, Jeanne Detallante, Ellie Ga, Ines Lechleitner, Justin Matherly, Christine Rebet, Slavs and Tatars, and Amy Yao. 

Following a collaboration with Cumulus Studios in 2009, presenting a selection of outdoor functional objects designed by artists Liam Gillick, John Bock and Aaron Young, among others, the design and limited edition furniture gallery pursues its interest in contemporary art and invites Béatrice Gross, independent curator, to organize its next exhibition. 

Concerned topically with the representation of domesticity, Habitat reflects on the decorative mission of a design gallery, while examining, en abîme, the intimate commodification and institutionalization of private interiors. With the ambivalence of a family reunion, the exhibition conjures up various orders and disorders of the domestic apparatus: from daily rituals of bliss and labor to religious narcissism; from visionary corners to staged domestication; from diminished bodies to literary heroes; from polar confinements to the Gates of Hell… 

A Temporary Library complements Habitat’s visual investigation: each artist lends three items from her/his personal library, to constitute a transitory corpus of printed matters dedicated to domesticity. 

Special event: 
Thursday June 24, 7 p.m., Ellie Ga, The Fortunetellers: Arctic Circles (10:10), 2010, in conjunction with the launching of Ga's latest artist’s book: Three Arctic Booklets (Ugly Duckling Press, NY, 2010).