Soft Landing, a two-person exhibition by Francine K. Affourtit and Elizabeth Shores

Pink Noise Projects is pleased to present Soft Landing: a two-person exhibition of experimental bioplastic and woodcut printed paper-mâché forms created by Elizabeth Shores and Francine K. Affourtit.

Reception: First Friday, April 7th 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Dates: April 7th – April 30th
Special Programs: Show&Tell event Saturday, April 22nd 12-2pm
& A/V performance by Glitter Vomit, Saturday, April 29th 7:30pm.
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm – 6pm, or by appointment

Affourtit has created a series of sculptures to represent “womb hole” – a sensation of a dark sinking inside the womb – experienced from collective as well as personal turmoil. It is a source of life, a source of desire, a source of being limited to a vessel and controlled by those who can never choose to create another. Womb hole is an emptiness, a darkness, an ache. It is also a source of infiniteness, of creation, of connection. It is messy, it bleeds, it stops bleeding, and bleeds again.

Shores co-creates forms that will grow and decay over the course of the show with assistance from mycelium, agar agar, locally foraged food scraps, scoby, paper, FM transmission, soil, and wood. By considering that what is discarded is a reflection of collective value systems, these materials waste well together like orbiting bodies in space, rejecting extinction in favor of a perpetual return to earth.

Together the works at Soft Landing commune as frames arching, opening, growing, decaying and secreting a collective sense of release and return. A hands-on walkthrough with the artists plus a performance by musician Glitter Vomit will activate these cycles at the end of the month.

The Soft Landing Show&Tell event will take place at Pink Noise Projects on Saturday April 22 from 12-2pm. Please join the artists Francine K. Affourtit and Elizabeth Shores in a family friendly Show&Tell for the exhibition Soft Landing at Pink Noise Projects. The event will include a walk-through of the exhibition by the artists, followed by demonstrations of some of the mediums and materials used to create the works on display. Visitors will be able to feel a carved block of wood, see how natural inks are made, and touch objects and papers used to create the sculptures in the exhibition. Suitable for all ages.

An A/V performance by musician Glitter Vomit will activate the exhibition on Saturday, April 29th at 7:30pm. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Francine K. Affourtit is a Pennsylvania based artist, educator and arts organizer. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Tyler School of Art as a Temple University Fellow. Francine’s studio work concentrates on re-thinking the applications of printmaking to create sculptural installations and unique constructions from woodcuts. Francine’s activities outside the studio are fueled by a desire to build relationships with artists, communities and the public as a means of collaborative creation and transformative discourse. 

Elizabeth Shores (they/them) is a creative producer using multi-sited transnational methods of embodied collaborative design to examine languages of empire in material cultures. From the singular directive of a limited liability corporation designed and incorporated as a conceptual strategy to eliminate the legal distinction between their research and themselves, they typically work with artists, scientists, and lawyers in a fast-paced praxis of call and response.

Glitter Vomit is the solo project of Jazmyn Crosby and has had various collaborators throughout its existence. Mesmerized by communication and its tools, Glitter Vomit sounds like static – like long slow thoughts, vulnerable sparse and layered guitar, cell phone, radio, and vocals in a labyrinth of loops and collected audio fragments.