Lebbeus Woods, "4 Cities & Beyond, Region R (2), 12," 1983, Colored pencil on stock paper, 11.5 x 7.5 inches
Lebbeus Woods: Early Drawings
February 24-April 7, 2012
515 West 26th Street
New York, New York
This exhibition presents the intricate early drawings, predominantly from the 1980s, of Lebbeus Woods’s utopias. His architectural drawings place the structures within a breathing world with an emphasis on their social and political utilities. Whether he is investigating how architecture can transform social hierarchy through his A-City projects or reinventing hubs like Paris or Berlin, every model has a sci-fi fantasy layered into the rendering. As director of the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture and a professor of architecture at The Cooper Union, Woods no doubt continues to solidify his dreams of the future.
Lebbeus Woods, "A-City: Sector 1576N (Aerial)," 1986, Ink on tracing paper on board, 35.625 x 36 inches
Jessica Stoller, "Untitled (Willendorf)", 2011, porcelain and china paint, 9" x 9" x 8"
Jessica Stoller: Lend Me Your Eyes
March 9-April 7, 2012
89 Franklin Street
New York, New York
Although Jessica Stoller has been featured extensively in group shows, Hionas Gallery is indeed hosting her first solo exhibition in New York. Lace draping, where porcelain-soaked cotton clothes decorate a figure then deteriorate to leave only the stiff ceramic after being fired, is the basis of her delicate figurines. Her female statuettes haggle with beauty and disregard identity. Stoller crosses a new threshold in her practice with the incorporation of an explicit vanities still life that melds modern luxuries with religious and historical symbols of excess. Pastels and pomp invade dark corners that stink of torture, sexism, and overwrought expectations society has of women.
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Jessica Stoller, detail from "Selfless/Selflesh", 2012, porcelain, china paint, mixed media. 27" x 17" x 27"