Joshua Kent: On the impossibility of a singular hand

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May 31 – June 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 31 from 7 to 10 PM
Performance: Monday, June 2 through Sunday, June 8
(The space will be open 24/7 June 2-8 with additional performers each evening from 7-10 PM)

On the impossibility of a singular hand is a multi-platform exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Joshua Kent. Through an invitation to the public and a variety of artistic practitioners, the show explores the question:

How do you attempt a growing?

Seeking to reframe notions surrounding traditional arts spaces, the show utilizes Roman Susan as a site to engage alternative programing and promote discourse pertaining to personal agency, the desire for transcendence, and aspiration amidst confinement.

From June 2nd-8th, Joshua will live in the gallery, and attempt to grow a seed in the palm of his hand. Exploring the role of individuals amidst the potential for change, the gallery will be open 24-hours a day for this first week, affording the public closer proximity to the process. During this time viewers are encouraged to integrate themselves into this endeavor, and are requested to bring whatever physical or immaterial matter might be utilized to prompt growth and transformation. Numerous free services such as massage, yoga, and cosmetic makeovers will be provided during this week. Visitors are encouraged to partake in these acts of service, and may also visit the gallery to offer their own contributions of care and support for others.

Additionally, during the week of June 2nd-8th each evening will feature a response by a practitioner whose artistic, and or life practice engages notions relevant to the exhibition. Ranging in form from lectures to a live performance, each event will last from 7-10 pm, and be free and open to the public.

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Polly Yates: UNHOMELY

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May 3, 2014 – May 24, 2014

Reception: Saturday, May 10  //  5 – 8 PM
Gallery hours: Tue-Wed 2 – 5 PM, Thu 5 – 8 PM

UNHOMELY  is a new body of work by British artist Polly Yates, involving collage, video and audio.

With a practice rooted in processes of collecting, analyzing and altering, the work delves into the archives of abandoned family documentation and is carried by the desire to both exploit its material presence while protecting its secrets.


Vincent Troia: Self-Mythology

August 31, 2013 – September 28, 2013
Vincent Troia - Self-Mythology - Untitled (Old Work #2)

Roman Susan Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31 – 7 pm to 10 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays 8-10 pm, Thursdays 3-6 pm, & by appointment

People take the overwhelmingness of creation and their own fears and desires and project them in the form of intense mana onto certain figures to which they then defer. They follow these figures with passion and with a trembling heart. When one thinks of his own eager fascinations, he can feel revolted by himself and by the obedient throngs who look with such timidity and satisfaction on the “leader”. Look how the girls blush, how hands reach out tremblingly, how eyes lower and dart to one side, how quickly a few choke up, ready for tearful and grateful submission, how smugly those nearest to the leader smile, how puffed up they walk – how the Devil himself seems to have contrived an instant, mass puppet show with real live creatures. But there is no way of avoiding the fatality of it: the thousands of hearts palpitating, the gallons of adrenalin, of blood rushing to cheeks – it is all lived truth, an animal’s reaction to the majesty of creation. If anything is false about it, it is the fact that thousands of human forms feel inferior and beholden to an identical, single human form.

—Ernest Becker