Through the Eye of a Needle is the first major solo museum exhibition of New York-based artist Genesis Belanger (b. 1978), whose practice spans sculptures and tableaux, primarily composed out of porcelain, stoneware, and upholstery. Anthropomorphizing common household objects--lipsticks with wagging tongues, lamps with ladies' pearls, and tins with doey-eyed sardines--Belanger's methodology blends Surrealism and Pop art with a self-possessed feminism informed by a career inside the fashion and advertising industries. Debuting an entirely new body of work specially conceived for The Aldrich, Belanger will create her largest and most elaborate mise-en-scène to date: dozens of animated objects arranged on ghostly furnishings that suggest narratives about our anxiety afflicted present. The artist's first museum publication, featuring an essay by the exhibition's curator, Amy Smith-Stewart, will accompany the show.
Generous support for Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle is provided by The Amadeo Family, Crozier, Diana Bowes and James Torrey, Linda and Michael Dugan, Patricia and Lawrence Kemp, Kristina and Philip Larson, and Julie Phillips. Media support is provided by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens (CTC&G).
Top image: Genesis Belanger: Through the Eye of a Needle (installation view), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021, Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin, New York. Photo: Guillaume Zicarelli