Diamonds In The Crow’s Nest

April 17 – 18, 2010

Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest, Parlour No. 14, is an investigation of human interactions, specifically within an intimate social setting. Using the media of painting, sculpture, and collage, the artists in the exhibition delve into subject matter including still lives, home interiors, and collections that are at once unusual and familiar. Evidence of exchanges, gatherings, and consumption present in the work prompts the viewers to consider their own vulnerabilities and psychological tendencies, whether they are attending a party, hosting a gathering, giving a gift, or the one who receives. The works negotiate how guests are influenced by their host’s surroundings, belongings, and presentations, while considering the sensitivity of exposing the private to the public. Because Parlour depends on a host with a home for each exhibition, and each exhibition inevitably leads to a social gathering, the viewers of Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest will be placed in similar scenarios that the pieces in the exhibition bring into question. The exhibition curated by artist Samuel T. Adams and hosted by artist Carmelle Safdie in her Astoria, Queens home.

Press Release

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Parlour No. 14, Diamonds in the Crow’s Nest, curated by artist Samuel T. Adams and hosted by artist Carmelle Safdie in her Astoria, Queens home.

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Foreground on table: Matt Stone, Forbidden Fruit, 2010.

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Left: Trish Tillman, Birthday Ghost, 2010.  Right: Ryan Schneider, Fine When Empty, 2010.

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Left: Ryan Schneider, Fine When Empty, 2010. Right: Shara Hughes, Keep Out, 2005.

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Center: (on wall) Ben Grasso, Ways We’ll Pass The Time, 2009. Foreground: (on table) Matt Stone, Forbidden Fruit, 2009.

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Living room interior. Left: (on wall) Ryan Schneider, I have Eaten Your Disappointment Many Times, 2009. Right: (on wall) Trish Tillman, Gas Pumps Removed, Garden Inserted, 2010.

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Left: (on wall) Eddie Martinez, Untitled Tabletop, 2009. Center: (on wall) Emily Noelle Lambert, not yet titled, 2010.  Right: (on wall) Ryan Schneider, I have Eaten Your Disappointment Many Times, 2009.

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Left: (on wall above pinball machine) Emily Noelle Lambert, Collections #1, 2009. Right: (on wall above shelf) Emily Noelle Lambert, Collections #6, 2009.

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Closet: Trish Tillman, Easy Elegance, 4-15-2010 (Upper Half of installation).
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Above Piano:  Shara Hughes, Headspread, 2006.
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Opening night musical exchanges!
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Opening night. Curator of the show, (center) Samuel T. Adams and featured artist (Right) Trish Tillman.
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Featured artist Emily Noelle Lambert and friend.
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Featured artists Matt Stone and Trish Tillman.
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Guests opening night, artist Ali Aschman and Ram Subramanian.
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Host Carmelle Safdie (center with blue and orange dress) in living room.