Pretty Days: MIA
Flannery Silva & Joshua Abelow
A-Z Toys, Miami Beach, 2017
Frozen Jail is a two-person exhibition featuring the works of Joshua Abelow (b. 1976) and Flannery Silva (b. 1991). Frozen Jail takes place inside of an industrial tent situated in the abundant inventory of a local Miami Beach toy store.
Included are a selection of watercolours made by Abelow between 2000 and 2001, shortly after he moved to New York while working in the basement of Ross Bleckner’s studio in Tribeca. Featuring images of expressive figurines, dolls and other miscellaneous tchotchkes the watercolours reflect a loneliness but also an optimism of finding oneself in a new stage of life.
Also included are a series of new empty doll box sculptures made by Flannery Silva in 2017. The sculptures, titled Doll Box A (No Fear), Doll Box B (Diana Theme), and Doll Box C (Snowflake Aid) exhibit active exteriors and empty interiors channeling the sensitivity and vulnerability of adolescence.
Documentation by Harry Gould Harvey IV