315 Gallery invited artist Cecilia Salama to curate the little baby show, a group exhibition exploring “contemporary motherhood in regards to possession, religion, domination, and cuteness.” The objects and wall works in the space mimic a child’s nursery. Pastels are an obvious yet potent color scheme throughout the show introducing a proverbial playfulness.
The press release is a poem by Isadora Reisner titled “august 1939.” The poem begins with a sing-song sweetness with the speaker claiming that though they are not the mother of the baby, they will continue to dote and care. A growing sense of uneasiness emerges, however, raising themes of possession and co-dependence. This complexity parallels that of the show’s baby theme and activist aims — a portion of sales go to the Trust Women Foundation a pro-choice clinic in Wichita, Kansas.
The show features works by Jillian Mayer, Rachel Rossin, Flannery Silva, Cristine Brache, Loney Abrams + Johnny Stanish, Brian Kokoska, Heather Leigh McPherson, Marlene Frontera, and Aria McManus + Raine Trainor.
The works in the little baby show each have their own take on reproduction and together deliver a fantastical and coherent show with the ability to relate to everyone because, well, everyone at one point was a little baby.
the little baby show
June 1 to July 1, 2018
312 Livingston Street,
Brooklyn, NY, 11217