The women of Parlay came together to enjoy an evening of cutting edge art and conversation at a special preview night at Gallery Wendi Norris. For more information about the artists, read below, or visit the gallery website.
About Laurel Roth
Laurel Roth’s solo exhibition Flight of the Dodo will transform the gallery space into a shrine dedicated to endangered and extinct animals. Inspired by recent travels in Europe, Roth will continue to explore the complex ways in which humanity conceptualizes and responds to its environment, using religious interior design and all of its moral and historical connotations as a formal framework. The works in the exhibition will build on several of Roth’s tongue in cheek and seductively beautiful series already underway, including the “Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons”, and the sculptural skulls adorned with Swarovski crystals. Through a carved wooden alter depicting pigeons and dodo birds, chimerical statues positioned as saints, and reliquaries bearing wooden primate remains, Flight of the Dodo will draw connections between human desire, our interdependence with the animal world, and the guilt and glory that results from the power to change natural history.
About Tomoko Konoike
Tomoko Konoike’s exhibition “Earthshine” will include sculpture, drawings, an animation, and a painted “byobu”, a traditional Japanese papered folding screen, believed in ancient times to protect people against invisible threats from other realms. Frequently using her own likeness, Tomoko invites viewers into her own idiosyncratic world, conceived of as an “auto-cosm”, a dreamy internal dimension that accesses transcendental myths and perhaps the collective unconscious. At turns adorable, treacherous, and sublime, her imagery depicts irrational narratives of transformation that blur the distinctions between humans, animals, objects, and the landscape itself. Wolves, now extinct in her native Japan, figure prominently in many works, rendered with a technical skill and beauty that belies their innate capacity for violence. Recent works also respond to Japan’s March 11 disaster, exploring themes of development, death, and decay. This will be Tomoko’s first exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris.