A 'Tweet' from #BED - an Art Exhibition and Installation by NY Sculptor Leah Poller at Yellow Peril Gallery - Turns a 3D Environment into a Virtual Literary Salon
Yellow Peril Gallery opens "#BED", a solo exhibition of NY based sculptor Leah Poller's mixed media sculptures and interactive installations which explore our relationship to the bed with a site-specific "tweet". The centerpiece for the exhibition will be a "bed/nest" installation from which Poller will hold court as a "salonnière" in the grand tradition of 17th Century French culture, as opening prequel to The Providence Athenaeum's annual Salon Series, host for Poller's exhibition.
"Communication in all its forms is key to the visual artist. How fitting to exhibit my bed sculptures, which are grounded in literary narratives related to the bed, in a collaboration with the prestigious Providence Athenaeum as prequel to their "Cosmology of Conversation" salon series. By using the latest tool in communication - the "tweet", I am tying together the rich history of the salon with the expediency of 140 virtual characters!" states Poller.
Using found objects and visual metaphors, Poller has taken one of life's most significant icons - The Bed - and converted it into a three-dimensional, visual language of love, pathos, humor, society, aesthetics and culture, conjugated in several languages and crossing mental and emotional borders.
"The iconography of the bed is part of a shared consciousness, an intrinsic experience that is simultaneously universal and secretive, personal and for many, unmentionable," notes Curator Robert P. Stack, who selected over a dozen small scale sculptures for #BED at Yellow Peril Gallery. "Poller focuses on the object or place, masterfully executed in a playful array of rich materials, textures and colors. But what brings them alive is what's absent but implied: people, actions, feelings, sickness, lust, rest, intimacy - all the human forces of emotion that fuel meaning in life."
"The practice of cultivating conversation among their invited guests from the intimacy of their beds created an atmosphere where ideas of public and private came to define one another in a new way," shares Christina Bevilaqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement of The Providence Athenaeum (founded 1836), speaking of the grandes dames of the European salons. For Poller, who lived in Paris for 20 years after her studies at the Beaux Arts and actually created her own salon in NYC for several years, the tri-party relationship of Yellow Peril, the Athenaeum and Poller seems "tweet-worthy" in every respect. In fact, visitors to the gallery will be allowed to create their #bed tweets which will form an on-going part of the month long exhibition.
In 2010, convinced that the importance of our beds had gone unexplored, Poller began "The Unmade Bed Project", inviting people worldwide to post an image of their unmade bed on a dedicated site (http://www.unmadebedproject.tumblr.com). At Yellow Peril, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in "The Unmade Bed Project" using #BED to share their photos and experiences in real-time via social networks.
The opening reception for #BED is Thursday, September 19, from 5PM - 9PM during Gallery Night Providence. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, October 13, 2013. The Providence Athenaeum will host a unique Salon discussion with Poller from her "bed/nest", installed at Yellow Peril on Friday, September 20 about the concept behind #BED.