Burst Star (Safety Orange, Mint, Safety Orange),  2018.

Burst Star (Safety Orange, Mint, Safety Orange), 2018.

Shasti o’leary soudant // do not mistake our softness for weakness.

Opening Reception: First Friday, September 7, 2018, 7 – 10pm
On View: September 7 – October 19, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm
The Front, Eleven Twenty Projects 1120 Main St Buffalo, NY 14209

Buffalo, NY – Eleven Twenty Projects is delighted to announce Shasti O’Leary Soudant’s upcoming exhibition, Do Not Mistake Our Softness for Weakness. O’Leary-Soudant’s newest sculptures focus on simultaneity and navigate the multifaceted and complex qualities ascribed to the feminine and the masculine. Formal rigor, Neomodernist simplicity and complex cultural concerns amalgamate in two inviting bodies of sculptural work: Priapic Yin and Burst Star.

The Priapic Yin march through the gallery en masse, physically and tangibly illustrating faulty gender-based distinctions. We understand this both from an intellectual and primal perspective – each undulating form connects with its counterparts, flowing brightly through space and making plain the intricacies and issues of attributes like softness or hardness belonging to one gender or the other. The sculptures are colorful, large, playful, sensual, serious, and socially germane. They beg to be touched and the visitors are welcome to do just that.

Continuing this conversation, the large and small Burst Star works appear soft and appealing from afar, but surprise the viewer up close with their sharp points. Dual visions, multipurpose perspectives, and a reminder that appearances are deceiving when paired with assumption, the artist relates them to the construction, maintenance and violation of contemporary social contracts: “You want to touch them but you know you shouldn’t.”

Shasti O’Leary Soudant is a transdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer. In her art practice, she uses a wide range of media and material to create immersive experience that concern perspective, hidden forces, randomness, iterative systems, and transformation, in an attempt to initiate meaningful engagements with the public. O’Leary-Soudant has exhibited internationally and is in private and public collections across the country.
Shasti O’Leary Soudant’s website: http://shastiolearysoudant.com



Launched in March 2016, “The Front” is a public exhibition space that presents a new and unique public art experience in the window of the gallery at 1120 Main Street.  The space measures 4’ x 40’ and invites a variety of uses, from paintings, drawings, video, and temporary performance to imaginative site-specific installations. Programming for The Front will showcase independent installations, as well as complement current gallery exhibits.