September 12- October 17, 2015
Opening Reception- Saturday September 12, from 6 to 10pm
51 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Chapel will be presented at The Invisible Dog Art Center in the fall of 2015. The ground-floor will be transformed into a space for reflection with a confessional, a glass wall, and drawings. Chapel draws on the medieval gothic glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, and the vivid memories the brothers have of entering confessionals in their church as kids. Chapel creates a space to reflect, relax, or be inspired.

Confessional is a freestanding structure that the viewer will be invited to enter and reflect. Simply constructed of wood, metal, thread, trimmings and glass, it is compact, and is comprised of 22 components. The doors include glass bead panels reminiscent of stained glass. Inside is a world of striped textile panels constructed of stretched trimmings, a chandelier and a chair. The chandelier will be produced in collaboration with GlassLab, a design program of The Corning Museum of Glass. Hundreds of hand-blown-tubular-glass beads will be woven into textiles, which will become the translucent surface of the chandelier.

Also on exhibition will be a wall composed of glass bead panels.  These panels hang on a track that enable them to slide independently or align to create the feeling of a stained glass wall. Each panel will be comprised of over 30 pounds of glass and takes around 200 hours to hand-loom. A wall of drawings explore density, light, sewn-on trinkets, and concepts of reflection, meditation, and sacred space.


Residency: Anne Pearce- During the run of the exhibition, Kansas City artist Anne Pearce will do a 3 day residency. She will create abstract drawings on 5x7 inch cards, inspired by the concept of sacred space. Visitors will be invited to select a drawing—which they can keep—and write a reflection on the back.  The drawing and reflection becomes a memento of their experience. Her goal and hope is that the drawings provoke meditation, reflection, or a daydream.


Steven and William Ladd: Chapel is made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Invisible Dog Art Center, GlassLab, a design program of The Corning Museum of Glass, and in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). The community component is endowed by the Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation and administered by Rikers Island Correctional Facility, through the Bureau of Correctional Health Services within the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The works for this exhibition are made possible through the support of Cristina Grajales Gallery.