Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know wire, egg slicer, paint roller
"Cuff" & "Ingredient"
2018
wire, egg slicer, paint roller
variable

CARLEY ZARZEKA
What I Already Know

Carley Zarzeka, an alumna of Dickinson College (2015), recently received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She returns to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to share What I Already Know. The title of her solo exhibition at Ejecta Projects playfully responds to her academic accomplishments, the completion of her formal education, but it also suggests an innovative understanding of mass-produced, household objects. Zarzeka takes domestic and familiar objects – a suet feeder, potato masher, an oven rack, egg slicer, for example – and creates funny, strange, and even somewhat figurative sculptures that transcend their initial quotidian materiality. In the vein of artists Robert Gober (American, b. 1954) and Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911-2010), the works subtly evoke themes of sexuality; the hints of biological form and a sense that these seemingly neutered objects have a gendered identity. But, with other contemporary sculptors in mind – Jessica Stockholder (American, b. 1959), for example – Zarzeka’s juxtapositions of forms evoke strange narratives about home, labor, consumerism, and comfort. Zarzeka is aware that the ghostly commodities in her sculptures invoke associations with place, class, and culture. She asks, “What happens when we intervene upon their existence, repurpose their use or mimic their collapse?
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know insulation, plaster, angle iron
"Not Quite"
2018
insulation, plaster, angle iron
100" x 24" x 8"
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know
"Not Quite" (DETAIL)
2018
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know sign, spray paint, trampoline springs, rubber band
"Solution"
2018
sign, spray paint, trampoline springs, rubber band
30" 20" x 6"
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know hand brush, potato masher, adjustable clamps
"Function"
2018
hand brush, potato masher, adjustable clamps
30" x 6" x 3"
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know pvc, lamp frame, cotton yarn, cones
"Neuralgia"
2018
pvc, lamp frame, cotton yarn, cones
58" x 24" x 24"
ejecta projects Carley Zarzeka: What I Already Know concrete, twine
"Choke"
2017
concrete, twine
28" x 4" x 5"
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