119 Hester St.    

77 East 3rd St.    





July 13

July 21

my need for tender loving care at 6pm @77 e 3rd st

nature of being closing reception at 6pm @119 Hester St


No Deadline


July 13 - August 3


Curatorial Team:
Bow Young
Eden Chinn

Featured Artists:
Brenna Sastram
Emma June Jones
Fae Lugo
Faith Mikolajczyk
Hetta Gardner
Kaelin Martin
Lauren Schoepflin
Livia Weiner
Melissa Efrus
Sabrina Moore
Virginia Cannella

Opening Reception
July 13th @ 6pm

Exhibition Statement:
All Street Gallery is pleased to present My Need For Tender Loving Care, a group exhibition featuring Bow Young, Brenna Sastram, Emma June Jones, Fae Lugo, Faith Mikolajczyk, Hetta Gardener, Kaelin Martin, Lauren Schoepflin, Livia Weiner, Melissa Efrus, Sabrina Moore, and Virginia Cannella. The exhibition will be on view from July 13 - August 3, 2024 at All Street’s East Village location, 77 East Third Street, New York, NY, 10003. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 6 - 9 pm. There will be a closing reception on August 3 from 7 - 9 pm.

The group exhibition My Need For Tender Loving Care explores relationships as a site of exchange, our innate need to be loved and understood, and how this need is complicated by social constructs of identity. In a world where one can not fully detach oneself from categorizations like gender, race, and class, these labels shape and guide how we connect; as relational beings driven by the desire to be known, we participate in sacrifice and retrospection because our longing to give and receive care cannot be snuffed out by said colonial constructs. The obstacles faced while trying to fulfill our desires for love and understanding are not an inevitable symptom of human existence, rather they are deliberate barriers indoctrinated by colonial powers. As the weight of identity filters and distorts our relationships and these core needs, the artists in My Tender Need for Loving Care investigate the question, “What is the cost of relating?” Through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and textiles, the artists interpret this question and explore themes of connection and exchange.

Livia Weiner, Lonely 1, 2024. Oil on canvas.

Livia Weiner’s use of found objects and experimentation with texture and transparency in Lonely 1 explores the unsettling, hazy, and often painful memories of these realizations in childhood. Everytime the mind recalls a memory it is changed, the disorienting imagery of the child and the overwhelmingness of the bunny in this vibrant world evoke a sense of evolving understanding of memory and experience. The kind of recalling and reimaging of our lived experiences that we engage in once acquainted with the patriarchal and racist gaze. Coming to see that the weight of these identities permeates almost every aspect of life is not an epiphany, but rather a long, winding path of realization. These moments of mistranslated experience and attempts at connection, caused by the limitations of being forced into patriarchal and racist categorizations, are not exclusive to adulthood. They are present at every applicable chance as soon as one can conceptualize being "othered" — the sentiment that you can and very well may be living a life that is unintelligible to your peers. Experiencing these moments of misalignment and lost connection in our youth engraves in us the limitations of these identities, thus highlighting all the ways they push us further from each other — oftentimes causing us to inadvertently cling to the labels that much more. 

Faith Mikolajczyk, Carmen Casks, 2022. Kallitype. 

In Faith Mikolajczyk’s portrait Carmen Casks, the figure's movement elicits a feeling of being in throws of deep irreparable distress and discomfort permeating from within outwardly to their physical existence. The body depicts the many ways in which this struggle of our nature against assigned identity exists not only in our communities, but also internally. The cost of relating is to be changed, sometimes irreversibly. To engage in the work and conversations that liberate us to a deeper understanding of one another, we must first ask what performing in this way has done to our understanding of ourselves, our culture, and nature.

In a society like ours that depends on people performing these roles, it would be naive to say that they mean and serve us nothing. However, it is an ongoing battle to free ourselves from colonial constructs and reach a deeper level of connection and mutual understanding, while also recognizing the impact that performing in these roles has had on our understanding of one another.

About All Street Gallery:
Founded in 2018, All Street NYC presents works by emerging and underrepresented artists whose works demonstrate social engagement and community empowerment. First established as an artist collective and grassroots protest organization by born and raised New Yorkers, All Street NYC is a space that is both created by and for artists. Having deep roots in New York City, the gallery and collective share a background in public art and activations as a means of creative protest and resistance. Such socially engaged work has carried into their gallery space as they opened their doors on 77 East Third Street, and as they now open their second location at 119 Hester Street.

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