New work by Shelby Donnelly
April 12 - May 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6-9PM
Live Performances: April 12 7PM and May 26 4PM
Philadelphia, PA - Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia is pleased to present Slow Grooming, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Shelby Donnelly.
In her most recent body of work, Shelby Donnelly explores the concept of grooming. To groom a person or a thing is to manipulate over a period of time, suppressing its natural state in favor of some intended improvement. The work explores this idea on multiple levels.
Donnelly coaxes garments through unconventional tailoring techniques, constructs fabric collages with actual self-grooming materials like Pinaud powder, and directs live performers in tableaux vivants (living pictures), where the subjects act out hierarchical relationships. Each of these outlets presents an aspiration for wealth through the disguise of mock affluence.
In a nod to their inherent relationship to fashion, the objects in Slow Grooming are displayed in a “boutique” environment. Titles are hidden within the structures of the objects themselves, and keys are attached to the objects listing the “price as marked”: a signal to own. Slow Grooming exposes the influence of an outside dominant structure – such as the artist herself – grooming the art objects through role-playing rituals, both mysterious and familiar.
Image: Misty Blue garment (left) and You Will Love Me garment (right) 2017-2018 by Shelby Donnelly.