Access Grove, Soft Stand

Red velvet, polyfill, soil, seeds, found steel stanchions, and brass snap hooks.

Photography by Scott Lynch and Gabriela Salazar.
Shown in The Socrates Annual 2019
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY 

Organized by Jess Wilcox.

For Access Grove, Soft Stand, Gabriela Salazar weaves, drapes, and wraps velvet rope, the ubiquitous crowd controller and VIP separator, in Socrates’ central grove of trees. The red rope simultaneously blocks, guides, and perhaps confounds visitors, whose bodies are shaped by urbanism and architecture, while passing through this public space. Salazar’s contorting and winding of the rope combined with the wild plants sprouting from the porous textile undermine the authority of this dividing line.