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Basking in Reflected Glory
September 17 – October 31, 2021
Opening Reception: September 17 from 7-10pm
PeepSpace is pleased to announce Basking in Reflected Glory, a solo exhibition by Inna Babaeva on view from September 17 to October 31, 2021. This is Babaeva’s first solo show with the Tarrytown, NY contemporary art space.
The exhibition features Babaeva’s newest body of work in which she places hand-blown glass sculptures of organic shapes and colors beside mass-produced objects widely available for purchase. As with her previous works, this exhibition balances aesthetics of synthetic and organic. Babaeva engages with themes of commercial production and uniformity with playful absurdity.
The glass objects in the show recall primordial bacteria. Spheres, bizarre blobs and funnels seize and disturb. Infused with a resemblance to early organisms, the rounded shapes, in fleshy colors and unsettled transparency, are fragile, vulnerable and grotesque.
This glass species has yielded to the army of plastic containers and are snatched by the cold grasp of science lab metallic clamps. The peculiar made by hand glass forms appear to be endangered by the austere and predictable geometry of internet-purchased, mass-produced, and replicated-to-infinity items of our daily reality. The scene of the developing drama is captured by a convex traffic mirror, visible from every point of the gallery.
Basking in Reflected Glory is Babaeva’s salute to oddness. On display is the recognition of a world where the choices lie between ordinary or unique, machine-made or hand-crafted, disposable or precious.
Inna Babaeva was born in Lviv, Ukraine, and she lives and works in New York City.
She received her BFA from Florida Atlantic University and her MFA from Rutgers University. She recently had solo exhibitions at Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY (2021), Essex Flowers, New York, NY (2020), Art in Buildings, New York, NY (2017) and at TSA, Brooklyn, NY (2016). Her work has been shown recently in group exhibitions at Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI, Gordon Galleries at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (2018), Kienzie Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany (2017), and Songs for Presidents, Brooklyn, NY (2017). Reviews and features of Babaeva’s work have appeared in VICE Magazine, ArtFCity, SLEEK Magazine, Sculpture Center Notebooks, Glass Quarterly, and Art News. Babaeva is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (2007), a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program grant (2015), a Visiting Artist Fellowship grant at Urban Glass (2017), and she was a Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant nominee (2016). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI.
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