January 7 – February 1, 2016
Opening Reception: Fri. January 8, 6-9PM
Katya Grokhovsky, Hole, 2015, plaster, acrylic.
SOHO20 was pleased to present Pleasure Principle, a new work by Katya Grokhovsky in the +/- Project Space. Pleasure Principle considers the idea of pleasure as the driving force behind identity and human actions through an accumulative site-specific sculpture, painting and wall-drawing installation. Conceptualized by Freud in psychoanalysis, the seeking of pleasure permeates our deep subconscious as the springboard for personality development and daily decision making. The installation will evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition via the addition of objects and drawings, occurring daily between 3-5pm each day that the gallery is open to the public. The making of objects, the handling of their materiality, the act of careful placement and accumulation, as well as drawing itself, cumulatively transmit the pleasure of creation within a contained environment, questioning the instinctual impulses, desires and needs to control them. The exhibition will culminate in an interactive public performance, in which the audience is given permission to touch, hold and caress the objects from the installation, transcending boundaries between the art and the observer.
Katya Grokhovsky is an interdisciplinary artist and curator, based in New York, whose practice deals with alienation, gender politics and migration. Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Australia. She is a recipient of numerous residencies and awards including BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, Studios at MASS MoCA / Assets for Artists Residency, VOX Populi AUX Curatorial Fellowship, New York Studio Residency Program Visiting Artist, Residency Unlimited, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, NARS Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Watermill Center Residency, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program, Chashama space to create grant. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Lesley Heller Workspace, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Judith Charles Gallery, Dixon Place, EFA Project Space, HERE Arts Center, Art in Odd Places among many others.