Terrarium; Ice Cream Social, March 5-May 6, 2022

On View: March 5th - May 6th, 2022
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday and select Saturdays (9-5 pm), by appointment only. Book a visit!
Accompanying events 

“Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping.”
— Julia Margaret Cameron

Terrarium features work by Amanda L. Andrei, Adina Andrus, Steven Baboun, Sibley Barlow, Kristian Battell, Jenn Cacciola, Nicki Cherry, Lynden Cline, Lindsy Davis, Natalie Jauregui-Ortiz, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Susan Luss, Patricia Miranda, Jumana Mograbi, Taya Naumovich, Dana O'Malley, Allison Panzironi, Anya Rosen, Tavia Sanza, Manju Shandler, Kayo Shido, Matthew Shively, Lilian Shtereva, Theo Trotter, Sarah Valeri, and Robert Zurer.

Ice Cream Social is excited to present its inaugural group exhibition, Terrarium. It will feature work from 26 artists, spanning across a spectrum of sizes and mediums, including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, and site-specific installations. Terrarium examines growth in all of its confounding forms, inside and outside of containment, managed and wild, protected and exposed. The works speak of growth that sometimes requires destruction or thorny discoveries. They emphasize the natural world’s proclivity to reconstruct, and the marks that changes leave behind. New presences, species, ideas, or generations may emerge, but they always retain a familiarity and irrevocable connection to what preceded them. There, a cyclical and self-nourishing system persists.

Lace and weavings engulf the unique cage gallery space at Ice Cream Social, even sprawling through to the outside of their container. Suspended paintings are backlit by window light while some hang low to the floor, thus encouraging the viewer to explore at an intimate level. Bright and saturated colors create a color scheme evocative of poisonous jungle amphibians, which are balanced with fleshy neutrals in neighboring works. Solid sculptural figures invite viewers toward the interior of the cage. The space even provides a rare opportunity to view the reverse side of some works, through the chain-link walls. The resulting vision is an unfurling collection that is both revealing and secret-bearing.

Terrarium Event:

Virtual Panel Talk: Lynden Cline, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Patricia Miranda, Tavia Sanza, and Manju Shandler

Exhibition panel discussion featuring Lynden Cline, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Patricia Miranda, Tavia Sanza, and Manju Shandler. The artists will discuss marks that are left through history, objects that are passed-down through generations, and the interlacing of craft and humankind’s trajectory.

This event will be held virtually on Zoom. RSVP below to receive the event invite link.

Lynden Cline is a sculptor whose medium is primarily steel and who draws from narrative themes such as identity and family. She has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in cities including Washington DC, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. She has been making art for the past 20 years after leaving a marketing career where she worked for Fortune 100 companies. Active in art and community associations, she served as President of the Washington Sculptors Group and taught at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.

Ruth Jeyaveeran is an artist, designer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries throughout New York and she’s been awarded residencies at La Napoule Art Foundation, PADA Studios, the Jentel Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently she's an Assistant Professor of Textile Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has also taught courses textiles and fibers at Parsons School of Design.

Patricia Miranda is an artist, curator, and founder of The Crit Lab and MAPSpace. She has been awarded residencies at I-Park, Weir Farm, Vermont Studio Center, and JV Printmaking Studio, and grants from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Anonymous Was a Woman, two ArtsWestchester grants, and a year-long NEA grant working with homeless youth. Her work has been exhibited at ODETTA Gallery, ABC No Rio, and Wave Hill, NYC; The Gallery at UConn Avery Point; the Newport Museum of Art, RI; and the Belvedere Museum, Austria. Her solo exhibition at Garrison Art Center, Garrison NY, in fall 2021 was featured in the Brooklyn Rail.

Tavia Sanza's frenetic use of embroidery explores concepts related to memory and loss. Utilizing a series of traumas and reconstructions the embroidered pieces she creates are consumed by the process of growing larger and more complex. As the layers accumulate the original “era” is buried and can only be seen in pockets of preservation. This constant accretion creates strata that are visible when the pieces are cut. The striations show how each new “era” is built upon the past.

Manju Shandler creates symbolic art that speaks to current events. Building upon established storylines and fables her mixed media artworks create a richly layered reflection of our dense and complicated times. She draws from her background as a theatre designer to create sculpture and envision installations.