Opening Reception: 6:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday, December 14th
Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 3718 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans
Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Tues-Sun through January 4th


Carlie Trosclair’s (un)dwelling Exhibition at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery, 12/14/13- 1/5/14
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. (if you are visiting on a weekday please call ahead to insure someone is available to greet you)

Press Street is pleased to announce (un)dwelling, a solo show by Carlie Trosclair, an installation artist originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, who now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Trosclair’s exhibition will be on view December 14th, 2013- January 5th, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 14th from 6 to 9 P.M.

Trosclair is the winner of the 2012 open call for Press Street’s Antenna Gallery.

Dwelling (v.)
1. To live as a resident; reside.
2. To exist in a given condition or state: dwell in joy.

Based on these definitions dwelling is (1.) an intentional action of inhabiting and appropriating a physical interior space and (2.) an embodiment of a mental state of comfort and stability. Thus, undwelling is defined as existing ‘outside’ or without physical and mental comfort within the context of the domestic.  In a state of undwelling what was once habitable, concealed and attended has become unlivable, exposed, and discarded. The palimpsest of paint, disintegration of structure, footprint of rust, or peeling back of wallpaper leave traces of additive efforts that now exist as subtractive re-formations of the desired functionality or intended use of the object/space. This shift from comfortable to uncomfortable, habitable to inhabitable disrupts both our physical and psychological relationships with a space or object. As a result, dwelling and undwelling coexist in a limbo of ‘(un)dwelling.’

 (un)dwelling explores new appropriations for familiar frameworks within the domestic realm in both uncanny and dreamlike scenarios. In a constant state of change each surface, pattern, and form becomes a suspended moment of wonder and evolution through a lens of reordering and rediscovery.  In contrast to being classified as derelict, these works highlight each object and space as an ever-changing living organism as they unravel in liminal space, creating new systems and patterns of order and beauty.

About Carlie Trosclair:
Carlie Trosclair is an installation artist from New Orleans, Louisiana who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Trosclair earned an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, a BFA from Loyola University New Orleans, and is a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute (MO). Trosclair has completed residencies at ACRE (WI), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Woodside Contemporary Artists Center (NY), chashama (NY) and The Luminary Center for the Arts (MO). Trosclair is the recipient of the Riverfront Time’s Mastermind Award (2012), Creative Stimulus Award (2013), Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant (2013), and the Great Rivers Biennial (2014).