A Big Toe Touches A Green Tomato
Roxana Azar and Ginevra Shay
January 20-March 3, 2018
Opening Reception: January 20, 5-8pm
Resort is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, “A Big Toe Touches A Green Tomato,” featuring the work of Roxana Azar and Ginevra Shay.
These artists use photography, sculpture and ceramics to depict poetic moments of observation and adaptation. Both artists use dystopian backdrops of collapsing dominant structures to point out not just the flaws of these systems, but to highlight alternative, minor modes of persistence.
It is worth noting that Azar and Shay are close friends. The subjects of their work vary greatly, ranging from modernist architecture and speculative science-fiction, to geology and cinematic slapstick. However, when their work is viewed together, the body becomes their shared point of dialogue. In their work, bodies are acknowledged as permeable and vulnerable, while striving to retain autonomy. The body and its environment are forever acting on one another; Azar and Shay re-envision these interactions, folding together bodies, plants, minerals, and space to discover alternative trajectories.
A meandering stroll from a gesture to a joke, to a plant, and around a building does not diminish the essential complexity of the world. It’s a search for tiny luminous traces; a golden dandelion basking in the burning sun, putting faith in the perseverance of what seems most doomed to perish. You can pursue lightness, without disavowing the importance of the weight of living—invent strategies for cultivation.
In an apocalyptic world slow movement through space is not a refusal of a direct approach—it is counterpoint to catastrophe. A pause to gaze out the window and thank the moon for a very particular shade of dark blue, only to catch a hot and slow moving green. Have you ever seen the same colors as opposites? The meteor was the opposite green of a weeping pine. I would’ve missed it if I wasn’t fixing my broken window.
In utter dissatisfaction with the world one needs to remove the plaque, clear the overgrowth, to make way for light to reach the bottom. When growing, a trellis or a cage for support is best. When fruit forms it can become rather top heavy. Yellow flowers, nightshade. Bloodmeal for nutrition. Give them space and some companions, like marigolds, sage, nasturtium. Companions work together to keep away pests, balance the soil. 94% of its weight is water. Thirsty birds peck at them on hot summer days when they aren’t near a water source. In the garden, we accidentally created a hybrid when propagating seeds for the next season. The fruit was bell shaped, like the first fruit, but the color was a yellowy-orange into dark pink gradient like the second fruit. Unripe fruit may contain a small amount of toxic alkaloids which are more concentrated in the stems and the leaves—these alkaloids are a defense.
Here heaviness dissolves—a big toe touches a green tomato.
Ginevra Shay is an artist and curator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. She is Curator of the site-specific project Rose Arcade and was recently Artistic Director of The Contemporary Museum.
Ginevra's work has been exhibited at Present Company (NYC), LVL3 (Chicago), Rock512Devil (Baltimore), The Finnish Museum of Photography (Finland), Notre Dame University (Maryland), John Hansard Gallery (United Kingdom), Galleri Vasli Souza (Sweden), and Flying Object (Mass). Her work and publications are in the libraries of Yale University Art Gallery Library, The International Center for Photography, Indie Photobook Library, Houston Center for Photography, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ginevra has lectured widely including the The Maryland Film Festival, The Queens Museum, Oakland Museum, National College Art Association Conference, the Society for Photographic Education National Conference, and American Philosophical Society. She has been a visiting artist at Rutgers, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Towson University.
Roxana Azar is an artist from Philadelphia, PA. Azar has exhibited work at Skylab Gallery (Columbus, OH), Page Bond Gallery (Richmond, VA), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Gallery Four (Baltimore, MD), The Neon Heater (Findlay, OH). Their work has been featured in Ain’t Bad Magazine, Mossless, Papersafe, Elephant Magazine, waterfall magazine, It’s Nice That, and the Paper Journal. Azar received and MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017.
Resort is an artist run gallery in Baltimore, MD. Founded in 2018, Resort is a new iteration of a curatorial collaboration between Seth Adelsberger and Alex Ebstein, who previously co-founded and ran Nudashank (2009 - 2013). Resort is a project dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, promoting collaboration.