Trombly Rodriguez: The Fabric Of A Space

Trombly Rodriguez: The Fabric Of A Space
The Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street at Pitt Street
Curated by Meaghan Kent
October 12 – November 19, 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 11am-6pm; closed Mondays
The exhibition is a special collaboration between site95, Dimensions Variable, and The Abrons Arts Center.

The name, Trombly Rodriguez, sounds like it could be the name of a talented eccentric artist from the late nineteenth century that grew up as a citizen of the world at large, but is in fact, the combination of two artists (who are married) by the names of Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova. The pair, who live and work in Miami, are showing their second collaboration at the visual and performing arts program, Abrons Art Center, located in the far Lower East Side. Within a second floor space there, the two artists have created a site-specific installation of a gridded structure. Mimicking the latticework of fabric, the assembly is composed of 2×4 pieces of wood, with a configuration that expands in size per grid unit in accordance with the space—which is a bit semicircular—that it inhabits. With an aesthetically-pleasing symmetry and clean lines, the installation also has appeal in that it is meant to be created as just that: it is not a temporary scaffolding or foundation for walling or an actual building, but is the structure in and of itself. Additionally, swaths of actual fabric that Trombly created by hand, adds a meta-dimension to the whole piece.

The exhibit is curated by Meaghan Kent, former-gallerist-turned-independent-curator who runs a relatively new and now thriving alternative arts program called site95. As an organization that creates pop-up exhibits in non-traditional spaces, the work of Trombly Rodriguez easily fits within the scope of site95 and Kent’s mission.

-Janet Kim


Image courtesy of photo courtesy of the Abrons Arts Center



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