In Genesis Belanger’s exhibition Through the Eye of a Needle, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, death is an expected, albeit uninvited, guest, at home in the affluent domiciles orchestrated here through tableaux and mise-en-scène.
There’s always something slightly unnerving about Genesis Belanger’s sculptures. Her tableaux of furniture and ceramics, with their crisp edges, soft, buttery textures, and dusty pink and tan hues, are spiked with a sharp, humorous bite.
In her first major solo museum exhibition, Through the Eye of a Needle at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Genesis Belanger expands her iconic, domestic porcelain and stoneware objects that disavow glazes and anthropomorphize desires.
Titled “There Must Be Some Way Out of Here,” Sheehan’s exhibition prods at the relationship between artisanal craft and industrial production, and posits that the pairing might be uniquely American at heart.
“There Must Be Some Way Out of Here,” on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum consists of some 50 handmade objects—“artistic camouflage,” as the museum puts it—that appear to be ordinary items one might find in any home.