Future Self Storage
May 8, 2021 - Jun 19, 2021
The disembodied plaster, clay, and fiber figures in Laura Shill's sculptural installation, Future Self Storage, reach, tumble, and spill throughout Leon Gallery, resisting the vessels that try to contain them while grasping at something perpetually beyond reach. As an installation artist, Shill employs repetition of form and accumulation over time to create environments that immerse visitors and engage the sensorial experience of touch. When these objects are not being activated by the public, they rest in storage. This exhibition presents new iterations of the current (and future) contents of her storage and unpacks the motivation behind the act of keeping.
Each new version these objects embody, affords them another chance to fulfill their ideal potential. To keep them is to keep the hope alive that they will emerge from storage to one day become their fully realized selves, their purpose restored. Storage is a liminal space often marking a transition, objects held somewhere between remembering and forgetting. We keep the things that we cannot bear to confront and cannot bear to let go of, inexorably bound in aspiration and burden. We store our responsibility to the past and our ambitions for the future, keeping our objects in an unresolved state of waiting.