SARDINE is pleased to present Shoulder Touch by Janine Polak. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 9 pm and will be up through May 12.
This group of sculptures speaks to indefinable moments. In the way that a touch on the shoulder could be unexpectedly engaging or jarring, they are precise, impulsive and unpredictable all at the same time. The key is the subtle combination of inexplicit materials and unfamiliar objects. Everything is finely crafted and formally succinct. Body parts, industrial materials, and folded fabrics are both subject and narrative. There are hints to the dichotomies inherent in human interaction, sexual and casual intimacy and self-experience but the viewer is left to question exactly what is happening in front of them.
After completing BA degrees in Studio Art and Economics at the University of Virginia in 2005, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2008, Polak completed a residency near Beijing, China. She now lives and works in Brooklyn. She has participated in exhibitions in China and New York including shows at St. Cecilia’s, Weeknights, the Xiao Pu Station Art Center in Songzhuang, China and with Daily Operation.