Denise Treizman makes her New York solo debut in the exhibition DelanceyLudlowRivingtonNorfolk at Cuchifritos Gallery. On view is Treizman’s latest body of work, which is inspired and makes use of discarded objects and materials found in the Lower East Side.
Treizman’s use of found objects is guided by her response to materials and the impulse to recast them in original contexts. We immediately notice a connection with the traditions of readymade and assemblage. But there is a sense that Treizman’s concerns go beyond formal elements. Through thoughtful selection of materials and arrangement, these pieces impart contemporary ideas about the history and current spirit of the surrounding neighborhood.
For Stacked Deck, 2016, the artist brings together a random assortment of objects – a tire, paracord rope, wooden pallet, vinyl fabric, swimming pool noodle, and duster. As viewers, we are invited to consider the life stages of these objects. Firstly, each existed alone and was valued by its intended use. Next, they were discarded and became sad, dirty things lining the street. Now, positioned together in a gallery, their value is elevated. Their mood is spontaneous and playful.
Compared to the rest of the works characterized by bold colors, Screen shot, 2016 is the most subdued. It presents what looks like to be a fireplace screen propped up against the gallery wall. The only color we see results from a neon vinyl ball is affixed at an upper right corner. The vivaciousness of Screen shot exists within its subtle gestures, which are communicated in sparkling rows of glitter lining the floor and grate.
Recently, Treizman has incorporated ceramics, which she makes, into her work. Another Day in Paradise, 2016 presents duct tape in a ceramic tile frame. Symbolically, the work suggests a framed painting, something of value. But in this case, the painting is made from found duct tape decorated with a gaudy pattern of palm trees. Coupled with the frame’s mismatched, multi-colored tiles, Another Day in Paradise has a very kitsch, DIY feel to it.
Treizman made a wise choice when she decided to scavenge the Lower East Side for objects. The area has a rich history starting with immigration to its current state as one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. She compels us to think about how we value objects, and how our relationship with them changes over time. Do they increase in value because of sentiment? Or lose value because they are considered old and we have moved on? DelancyLudlowRivingtonNorfolk will be on view at Cuchifritos Gallery through June 5, 2016.
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Writing by Catherine Murphy
Photographs provided by the gallery and the artist