Grizzly Grizzly is excited to announce Two Spiders, our May exhibition, featuring sculptures and drawings from Queens based artist Chris Bogia and Philadelphia artist Jesse Harrod. Both artists use non-art materials and their specific arrangements to speak about craft verses art and to forefront the gendered language of materials and their own personal concepts of queer identity.
In his large-scale sculpture, The Decorator, Chris Bogia transforms a flat composition of simple shapes into a carefully balanced arrangement of three-dimensional objects. As if suggesting an internal process of creation, two skeletal hands, linked by strand of pearls, actively engage in the aesthetic decision making process of designing the sculpture. Occupying a space somewhere between fine art and decorative home furnishings, a space Bogia describes as being “a place where a queering can take place,” his work explores the concept of queerness as it can mean both strange and gay.
In Jesse Harrod’s sculptures, paracord rope is used as a dimensional drawing tool, woven across structural frames in a way that is simultaneously restraining and supporting. Within the frames, rope is twisted into web-like barriers, such as screens and fences, interrupted by organically knotted and layered membranes, openings, and appendages. Harrod’s macramé technique creates forms that oscillate between surface and volume, which they describe as animating the sensual qualities of material, while exploring the intersections among queer kinship, support, and sexuality.