KATHLEEN GRANADOS,
NOAH PICA 


FOUND AND ACCUMULATED

May 23 – June 20, 2024
 

There’s an unmatched joy to seeing the quotidian made compelling in an artwork. The objects in Noah Pica and Kathleen Granados’ two-artist show, Found and Accumulated, are commonplace, intricately frankensteined to different effects, and elicit a quirky, compelling catharsis.

Imagine a mundane, wheeled dolly, but instead of having a stable, rigid platform, it has been replaced by a generic, light blue Uniqlo button-up that is folded and pierced with bolts to attach the four industrial wheels. Pica’s limp sculpture, business trip (2023), is clever, charming, and slightly pitiful. You feel bad for both the wheels and the shirt for never having a shot at achieving their designated function. But maybe that’s okay. The artist’s work thoughtfully subverts the uniform and mass-produced, like transforming a generic door slab into cut-up square pieces ironically conjoined by hinges that may have allowed it to open and shut in a different life. These objects not only question but potently reject normative standards that confine us.

While Pica’s objects are comprised of found, generic material, Granado’s feel accumulated—brought together by years of personal collection. Dishtowels are cut apart and sewn together. Small domestic bits and bobs like eating utensils, grooming supplies, and sewing tools are carefully placed behind the fabric, and then their imprints are frozen in space through the careful application of modeling paste to create surface tension. With the contours of the objects imprinted into these textures, the torn dishtowels are surprisingly sentimental—evoking the memories of home at a distance that haven’t been totally resolved. Leftovers (2020–present) stands out as a large assortment of eating spoons fused with wrapped dishtowels and carefully lined next to each other in a colorful, modular row.

Intense scrutiny of what everyday items can do is made apparent but never overstated. These sculptures are cool, edgy, maybe even aloof, yet somehow still wildly approachable. Although nothing is slightly anthropomorphic in either artist’s work on display, each object exudes personality. When I first started writing, an editor suggested that I should never claim that artworks “speak,” but looking at Noah Pica and Kathleen Granados’ pieces, I can’t help but think they’re having a pretty audible, enthralling conversation with each other.

— Bryan Martin



ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kathleen Granados (b. 1986) is an artist and educator based in New York City. She uses her family archives and everyday materials to create works that span sculpture, installation, sound, and public projects. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, and a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she has been a part-time instructor. She also serves as a visiting artist for the BFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts.

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Noah Pica (b. 1994)
is an artist based in New York City. He explores the uniform products that aestheticize our man-made environments, questioning how they influence our collective perception of normalcy. Materials and processes often intermix within the same piece, reflecting the multi-hyphenate nature of sculpture. He holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

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