Open 24 Hours | Northland
Open 24 Hours
Organized by Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott
This first exhibition at Albright-Knox Northland features work by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor that explores how people build connections to others both inside and outside the walls of those structures we call home.
Since 2016, Edra Soto has turned her daily dog walks into what she has likened to urban beachcombing: collecting discarded liquor bottles. The artist carefully strips her findings of their branded labeling, and she plays up the simple elegance of the bare bottles by displaying them on decorative panels inspired by the painted wrought-iron screens that commonly adorn homes in her native Puerto Rico. As part of special artmaking activities, visitors will be invited to adorn the bottles with cast-clay seashells, reimagining the definition of beauty in our personal and shared spaces through the creation of these newly enhanced hybrids.
Installation view of Edra Soto’s Open 24 hours, 2018, in Open House: Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor (Albright-Knox Northland, January 17 – April 12, 2020). Image courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photograph by Brenda Bieger