Ariana Papademetropoulos and Lauren Silva “Mermaids in the Basement”

Castor Gallery

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Castor Gallery presents Mermaids in the Basement, a dual exhibition featuring new paintings by Ariana Papademetropoulos and Lauren Silva co-curated by Brooke Wise for Castor Gallery.

This exhibition offers an ethereal perspective upon diluted spaces where mystical figures are immersed in illusory landscapes. This exhibition gathers two painters at the intersection of figuration and abstraction, exploring aqueous features, textures, and a mythology of water as a threshold to places that are familiar yet strange and new.

For this exhibition Silva explores painting as a means to create semi-abstract dreamscapes. Surfaces are broken into composite spaces where organic green-blue forms and bright figures emerge from brushstrokes, disrupting the hazy atmospheric pastels stripes and spaces of her rich palette. Lauren Silva’s inclination towards abstraction is executed with a fluid and graceful approach to the natural world, where organic forms mingle and morph with their surrounding ambiance. Each painting generates its own set of formal propositions, which allow perspectives and portals to emerge as landscapes of psychological spaces. A wall drawing envelops theses worlds and anchors them in our shared reality.

Ariana Papademetropoulos explores the practice of illusion in the history of painting, through both realism and trompe l’oeil. Her work attempts to map multifarious meanings or hidden depictions found in images and their psychological undercurrents. For this exhibition, Papademetropoulos explores the cult of domesticity as a hallucinatory fantasy embedded in dimensions above and below our physical plane. Large water marks divide her compositions, evoking an alternate place where multiple realities seem to interact.

This exhibition features two painters building and entering liminal spaces, creating figures immersed in their own microcosmos, peeling away surfaces to speculate on the elsewhere.

Mermaids in the Basement is on view at 90 Ludlow street, 5th floor from April 12th– May 12th, 2018, Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. For additional information, please contact Justin deDemko at

Ariana Papademetropoulos (b. 1990 Pasadena, CA), received her BFA at CalArts with a minor in Cultural Studies in 2012 and also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She had recent solo exhibitions at Wilding Cran Gallery, LA, MAMA Gallery, LA, and SADE Gallery, LA. Papademetropoulos lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been reviewed by ArtForum, LA Times,Wallpaper.

Lauren Silva (b. 1987 Bay Area, CA), received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from Columbia University, where she received the Tobey Devan Lewis award. In 2011, she also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, New American Paintings, Artinfo and Artnet. Silva lives in Manhattan and is currently an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts department at Columbia University.

I started Early- Took my Dog

By Emily Dickinson

I started Early – Took my Dog –

And visited the Sea –

The Mermaids in the Basement

Came out to look at me –

And Frigates – in the Upper Floor

Extended Hempen Hands –

Presuming Me to be a Mouse –

Aground – opon the Sands –

But no Man moved Me – till the Tide

Went past my simple Shoe –

And past my Apron – and my Belt

And past my Boddice – too –

And made as He would eat me up –

As wholly as a Dew

Opon a Dandelion’s Sleeve –

And then – I started – too –

And He – He followed – close behind –

I felt His Silver Heel

Opon my Ancle – Then My Shoes

Would overflow with Pearl –

Until We met the Solid Town –

No One He seemed to know –

And bowing – with a Mighty look –

At me – The Sea withdrew –



from April 12, 2018 to May 12, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-04-12 from 18:00 to 21:00

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