Soft Smoke Rises in Gay Rings Above the Roof

Heidi Norton, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Stephen Eichhorn, Ryan Fenchel
Organized in collaboration with Joe Jeffers
April 1 - 24, 2011

Soft Smoke Rises In Gay Rings Above The Roof is set of sculptural installations by Carson Fisk-Vittori, Stephen Eichhorn, Heidi Norton, and Ryan Fenchel organized in collaboration with Joe Jeffers.

The title for this exhibition comes from Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, a phenomenological analysis of architecture. This book encourages us to base our understanding of the built environment on lived experience rather than abstract rationales that may or may not affect our actual experience of space and objects.

Using the logic of household arrangements as sculpture, Norton, Fisk-Vittori, Eichhorn and Fenchel present material work that is not fixed. In the way homes and the objects in lived spaces are constantly changing through use, this work proposes its existence in multiple physical and temporal forms. This possibility for change allows each artist to adopt the still life as a compositional device that effectually proposes new environments for cohabitation.

In Soft Smoke Rises in Gay Rings Above the Roof, the artists furnish the gallery's interior architecture with sculptural works that straddle functionality and formalism. Handmade forms and studio models stand alongside objects borrowed from the artists' homes, casually articulating the physical intersection of art and life.

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