Featured in // THIS WEEK WITH // is a series of paintings by Aliza Sternstein from the group exhibition, Rock Candy, curated by Ali Rossi + Madeleine Bialke.
Sternstein takes ownership of stereotypical symbols of beauty by combining them with the elegance and gravitas of gestural abstraction. Sternstein seeks value in moments of chance, play, and empowered intention. By appropriating a pantheon of heart-shapes, Sternstein both leans into and subverts the Lisa Frank/"girl stuff" tropes that dominate coming of age consciousness, allowing her and us the possibility to re-claim this symbology, and re-infuse their over-use with a vulnerable appeal for what the shapes are meant to mean in the first place.
Artist Bio: Aliza Sternstein was born in New York, where she currently lives and works. She received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Studio Art and MFA in painting from Boston University in 2016.
Curator Bios: Madeleine Bialke is an artist and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. Recent curatorial projects include at Vacation via Olympia in New York, NY, and Greene House Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Solo and group exhibitions include Harper’s Books in East Hampton, NY, Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, NY and a forthcoming solo show with Deanna Evans Projects. She received her MFA from Boston University and BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Ali Rossi is a curator and painter living and working in Brooklyn. Ali founded Olympia in 2016. Olympia is dedicated to promoting gender-marginalized artists' position in the fine arts. In the last four years, Ali has organized 18 exhibitions across the northeast, representing more than 60 artists' work.
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