Basements are usually dark, dusty, clammy repositories. We store things in them: things we don’t wanna display, but cannot get rid of.
Speaking of which, there’s a basement in Brooklyn you should see. Walking into the brightly lit, well-furnished apartment gallery that is Orgy Park, you half expect a more typical basement as you descend the stairs. It’s a pleasant surprise when you arrive to a pristine art gallery.
But don’t let this fool you.
Curated by Patricia Margarita Hernandez, a Miami native now living and working in New York, No Soy Sincero is a meditation on the actual space of the basement, but mostly the figurative one. The works are by a group of artists from or connected to Miami too, a place where it’s physically impossible, to have basements. This is because in South Florida, the water sits just below the surface.
Cristine Brache’s video explores the fluid of the body: the stuff of elementary school and continence nightmares, or seen another way, the pleasure of release and freedom. Hugo Montoya’s kitschy gem sculpture of lovers and blade both have the iridescence of a fine art Lisa Frank. The digital prints by artists Domingo Castillo and Alan Gutierrez seem ordinary at first, but look a little closer.
The works in the exhibition—the title of which hints explicitly at non-sincerity—conjure everyday happenstance, but they’re twisted slightly to send you askew. Jessica Gispert’s multi-hued perlite lies on the floor, some of it escaping the bounds of the artwork. It’s an appropriate metaphor for the way we lead our lives by concealing some things, putting others on full display; it is, of course, far messier than that.
This is true not only in the home, where the basement is the sacred space of neglected knick-knacks and outdated sentiment, machines, and fashions. One can think of entire cultures, countries, and planets even, as dwellings where we all must reside.
The basement is the perfect place to keep things hidden—but it too needs attention, from time to time.
NO SOY SINCERO
October 29 – November 20, 2016
237 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, NY 11237