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On View: Doubt and Defiance

May 4 - June 16


Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is very pleased to present Doubt and Defiance, featuring new and recent work by artist Calli Roche, 2022-2023 alum of AAI’s LES Studio Program.

Calli’s latest exhibition serves as a profound exploration of one’s true self through understanding the depths of human identity in the present moment.

The works on view are objects that remain from Calli’s ongoing insistence and struggle to remain in a space, portal, or undetermined interim of doubt. Various portals and windows mark different ways Calli is choosing peace and presence in the midst of chaos; by cultivating life and connection therein. This exhibit is a continuation of previous art made and shared, and again, the art is offered up as an invitation.

Doubt and Defiance includes several sculptural works that feature or refer to Calli’s constructed box, a recurring motif in the artist’s practice that explores themes of confinement and liberation that challenge present social constructs and explore how we deconstruct the world that confines us.

Calli highlights the intricate nature of survival and identity and how, through those experiences of perseverance, our character is firmly molded. The use of found objects—wood, leather, fencing wire, muslin—serves as a reflection of the artist’s own struggle to embrace a world that may not embrace them. Through using natural materials, Roche is able to mimic the aging process and material properties of human bodies, drawing further comparisons between the tangible world around us and our own physical forms.

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May 4
June 16
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Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
88 Essex Street, no. 21
New York, NY 10003 United States
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