Schroeder Romero & Shredder
531 West 26th Street New York NY 10001
Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth: 2011
November 17, 2011–January 7, 2012
2011 by Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth uses the tableau of the grotto to explore the odyssey and definition of humankind. This grotto was conceptualized with an eye to the longstanding relationship of humans to caves and the millennia of slow processes that created them. Grottoes are almost mythological spaces linked to human evolution from caves that become removed from time used for contemplation, relaxation and worship. Diaz Hope’s the Infinite Mortal series is comprised of mirrored sculptures based on geological formations, reflecting fractions of their surroundings—some with infinite loops of light and video. Roth’s pair of battling peacocks made of inexpensive drug store items such as fake fingernails, barrettes, and costume jewelry along with sculptures of hand-carved wooden hominid skulls examine rules of attraction and competition as part of natural selection. The duo collaborated on two works, The Allegory of the Infinite Mortal, a detailed woven jacquard tapestry depicting the intellectual structures humankind uses to try to understand the concept of the infinite; while another collaborative work The Reflection Engine, a large hand-carved walnut wardrobe, opens to reveal a mirrored space resembling a geode in which one can sit and surround oneself with reflections in an ever expanding infinity. 2011 is Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth’s second exhibition with the gallery.