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Greene Naftali

Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

  • Trisha Baga

Press for Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

Current Exhibitions at Greene Naftali


Sign Language

  • William Leavitt,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As It Lays 2

  • Alex Israel,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bait Paintings

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passage to Dynasty

  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ileden

  • Sophie von Hellermann,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Swingers

  • Chantal Akerman,
  • Marie Angeletti,
  • Lutz Bacher,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Heji Shin,
  • Akram Zaatari,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael Krebber

  • Michael Krebber,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

  • Trisha Baga
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting: Now and Forever, Part III

  • Magnus Andersen,
  • Monika Baer,
  • Robert Bechtle,
  • Nayland Blake,
  • Julien Ceccaldi,
  • Vija Celmins,
  • Xinyi Cheng,
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Whitney Claflin,
  • Ed Clark,
  • Robert Colescott,
  • Matt Connors,
  • Allan D’Arcangelo,
  • Noah Davis,
  • Lois Dodd,
  • Lukas Duwenhögger,
  • Nicole Eisenman,
  • Janiva Ellis,
  • Jana Euler,
  • Genoveva Filipovic,
  • Sam Gilliam,
  • Tony Greene,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Luchita Hurtado,
  • Alex Israel,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Matsumi Kanemitsu,
  • Bhupen Khakhar,
  • Mathieu Malouf,
  • Helen Marten,
  • Lucy McKenzie,
  • Rodney McMillian,
  • Jill Mulleady,
  • Jeanette Mundt,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Suellen Rocca,
  • Eiichi Shibata,
  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Avery Singer,
  • Sylvia Sleigh,
  • Anne Speier,
  • Linda Stark,
  • Hervé Télémaque,
  • Karl Wirsum,
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,
  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Look at TV and a Funhouse

  • Dan Graham,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On Non-Visibility

  • Tony Cokes,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The King And The Corpse

  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tears and New Tears

  • Josef Strau,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walking Point

  • Mary Ann Aitken,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Craig Kalpakjian,
  • Paul Chan,
  • Tetsumi Kudo,
  • Tony Conrad,
  • Lee Lozano,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Pope.L,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Andrew Ross,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Martin Wong,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hotel Suicide

  • Richard Hawkins,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradiso: A New Play by Richard Maxwell

  • Richard Maxwell,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacqueline Humphries

  • Jacqueline Humphries,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Halley

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prasine

  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dock Lands

  • Hilary Lloyd,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Golem

  • Gelatin,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 14 - Oct 20, 2018


Where

Greene Naftali

  • 508 West 26th Street, Ground Floor, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.463.7770

About

Trisha Baga’s installations navigate between virtual and actual, projecting moving images punctuated by 3D technology onto and amongst handmade and found objects. In recent years, the artist has increasingly incorporated ceramics into her practice, working on a scale unconventional to the medium and often reproducing functional objects, articulating yet emptying their operational details. For her third exhibition at Greene Naftali, Mollusca & the Pelvic Floor, Baga presents an installation comprising a wide-ranging landscape of ceramics in varying scales, as well as a new video installation.


The exhibition’s eponymous central video examines language, technology, identity, and intimacy, through an expanding and contracting scope that ranges from galactic footage sourced from the sci-fi movie Contact, to video of intimate minutia such as Baga’s toes peeking out from a bathtub, an image echoed in a pair of small ceramic sculptures on the floor. Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor loosely narrates Baga’s increasingly intimate relationship with Mollusca—the name and prompt Baga has given to the virtual assistant more commonly known as Alexa. Baga’s entanglement with Mollusca eventually becomes embodiment, narrated by descriptions of metamorphosis and inter-species contact from Octavia Butler’s Imago, Dan Brown’s Origin, and Michael Chrichton’s Sphere. Orchestrated between two projectors, which spill across the gallery floor, the video’s wild shifts in narrative scope are compounded by the elastic space Baga achieves with 3D video and layered audio. Queues in the narrative selectively animate various objects in the room – an oscillating fan, an analog clock, and naturally, an Alexa—generating spatial and temporal immediacy. Footage from caves in Sicily, the artist’s family in the Philippines, popular movies, the artist’s studio, and digital space frequently share the screen in composite scenes and discreet spatial layers, complicating geography, space, and time. Hurtling, boisterous sequences are arrested by solemn, meditative intervals. Ventriloquism, synesthesia, and telepathy occur, as the film progresses towards a liberating, universal form of communication.


Among the ceramics on view are a full-scale band; faceless framed photographs; a stiletto; an absent Elvis indexed by his crumpled suit and rogue hairpiece; Nicole Kidman submerged in a tub, indulging a cigarette; a globe illuminated from within, emblazoned with the dismal message, HELP. Some ceramics approach the subject of language and communication explored in Baga’s video: a collection of Sphinx-like poodles with flaming heads reference the Catholic story of the “tongues of fire” in the Pentecost, in which the Apostles were visited with the Holy Spirit and given the power to speak in diverse languages, mysteriously understood by each person as their native tongue. Functional ceramic lamps depict Lesbos Island during a UFO visit, suggesting another encounter across languages. Presiding over the scene are ceramics of RuPaul and Baga herself—each bust on view is equipped to contain an Amazon Alexa and respond to commands. In Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor, ceramics behave as a diversity of encasings for an intelligent, visceral mass.

Please note that all money collected in the ceramic band’s tips jar will be donated to The Climate Justice Alliance. Trisha Baga would like to extend special thanks to Greenwich House Pottery, New York.


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