Genesis Belanger

Photo credit: @stevebenisty. Courtesy of the artist

Photo credit: @stevebenisty. Courtesy of the artist

Born in 1978 in the United States 
Lives and works in Brooklyn (New York, United States)

Genesis Belanger received a master’s degree in visual arts in Combined Media from the Hunter College (New York) and has exhibited her work across the United States in spaces such as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Connecticut). Her work has appeared in several publications as the New York Times, The New Yorker and Artforum. The American artist worked in the advertising and fashion industries before focusing on her sculptural practice, a background that largely influences her critical and aesthetic interests. Belanger’s practice looks into the capacity advertising has to manipulate consumers’ desires, solely by means of creating an aesthetic appeal.

Daily Adoration presents a vanity where symbols related to contemporary alienation mingle with consumer goods from the world of cosmetics. While at first glance her objects seduce by their polished form, they transform under a watchful eye, revealing their surreal character. Created from clay, a medium associated with the hand-made, her work questions the hierarchy separating the object of art from the craft object. The work was presented in a joint exhibition alongside Emily Mae Smith where Medusa Moderne extended the feminist critical thinking of Belanger's installation.

Genesis Belanger, Daily Adoration, 2018, Stoneware, porcelain, plywood, fabric, 46 3/8" x 63" x 28" (118 x 160 x 71,1 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art