Desiderium (n.) Deep, unfulfilled longing. Yearning. Desire without hope Anything desired; that of which the lack is felt; a want generally felt and acknowledged.
The end of Desire Street is the river, according to curator Evonne M. Davis. Unfulfilled desires- whether terminal or provisional- temporarily unite 29 artists, by transporting them together to a place of unassuaged need.
Les Ayre entombs a provocative collection of favorite objects in lead, preserving them, or perhaps denying herself further access. Norene Leddy will be offering the public the opportunity to try on “hacked” platform heels that feature an embedded LCD screen, GPS transmitters and an audible alarm. Their functionality is based on extensive interviews with sex workers, and can be viewed as an extended mediation on pleasure and danger. Dahlia Elsayed stares directly into the camera and states a series of desires for specific foods. This simple expression of wants is one of the most jarring inclusions in Desiderium. It is hard to meet her eyes.
Alicia Ackerman, Laura Amussen, Les Ayre, Leticia R Bajuyo, Gianluca Bianchino, Mona Brody, Suzanne Broughel, Gema Alava Crisostomo, Robert Dandarov, Steven Dressler, Kathy Goodell, Marion Held, Kathryn Allen Hurni, LJ Lindhurst, Lara Loutrel, Tami Lynn, William Mwazi, Kelly Pinho, Brian Stuparyk, Leah K Tomaino, James Vining, Susan H Wilson, M Laine Wyatt
In the New Media Room: videos by Dahlia Elsayed, Carolyn L Kane, installations by Jieun Kwon, Norene Leddy and Marina Shterenberg
In the Project Room: Ana de Portela’s installation Slumber Party is the culmination of her three month residency at Gallery Aferro, featuring cement beds and linens.