The exhibition will opening during Armory Week in New York City at the gallery’s Lower East Side location of 29 Orchard St. An opening brunch is scheduled for March 7th from 10 am - 1 pm and an extended evening with projections by Jordan Eagles and readings on the idea of beauty will also take place on March 14th from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Curator, Tracy Causey-Jeffery had the following to say about her reasons for the exhibition: “Everyone knows the old saying, " Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but does that hold true when the beholder is viewing art? It has been my observation that often viewers initially describe an artwork as beautiful only to change their minds once they find out more about the materials used to create it, the concept behind it or the physicality of the piece. With the added knowledge, the viewer is then faced with deciding whether or not they can live with this more uncomfortable aspect of the work and indeed whether or not they can still consider the beauty of the piece or whether it has become too "prickly" for them to live with.
With this exhibition, Prickly? I have included works created from blood, from gallium and fat, from sharped polished aluminum spires and jagged polished steel, from hair and nails and from a combination of words and sword images. The works by Ayad Alkahdi (on loan from Leila Heller Gallery), James Balmforth (on loan from Hannah Barry Gallery), Jordan Eagles, Norman Mooney and HyunJu Park are all lovely in appearance but each may, depending on the viewer, provoke a sense of unease with regards to their material usage, concept or physicality. My hope is that the exhibition will invoke a dialogue on why one viewer is uneasy while another sees the inherent beauty and how some overcome their initial reactions and are either able or unable ultimately to live with such beautiful but challenging works of art.”