Dress Shop Gallery is pleased to present;
KADY GRANT'S solo exhibition "STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM"
In this series, Grant depicts faceless figures, or more acutely portraits of butts adorned with plants and flowers, in what at first glance appears to be a lazy Eden. Observed longer, it becomes clear that this is a false utopia, a pretty prison of consent. The leaves and flowers poised as garnish, actually function as a device of confinement; appearing always in the foreground, detaining the figure within the allotted space. Quickly exposing what once seemed to be an escapist peephole, as a stifling holding pen. The butts are dressed with underwear, as a subtle nod to one of the eldest victims of this narrative, none other than Eve herself, hiding her ‘shame’ in the awareness of her own nudity. A brutal reminder of the reduction of the figure to something close to furniture, there only to suit the needs of her surroundings. The environment is advertised as a choice. Although, attendance is not explicitly mandatory, the pressure and despair of a sickened culture, numbs the figure from the idea of any alternative habitat. Through this exhibition, Grant attempts to highlight our willing participation in tilling someone else's vision, using resources which were intended to support our own. A siren song of buyer's remorse, mourning a false advertisement that charmed us into submission. Like all tragedies, Grant's work is equal parts sad and humorous, like laughter following delirium. Meant to sweeten the pill that is hard to swallow. Kady Grant lives and works in Queens, New York. For inquiries, please contact the gallery below