Born in 1978 in USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Genesis BELANGER

Genesis Belanger stages psychologically charged mise-en-scènes composed of idiosyncratic versions of everyday objects. Working in a multitude of handcrafts — welder, ceramicist, and seamstress — Belanger conjures installations of unresolved tension on the edge of a temporal collapse. Her vocabulary is lifted from the 1950s, specifically from the dawn of American advertising, and she infuses her tableaux with a sense of lobotomized capitalist productivity, choosing liminal spaces, such hotel lobbies or office waiting rooms, as subject-matter. In Belanger's practice, the body is absent, inviting the viewer to enter as purposeful actor. In her immersive scenes, objects become surrogate for the female body: pursed lips emerge from matching stoneware lamps, fingers sprout from a bouquet, and a hot dog wiggles itself into a wedge heel. Belanger's three-dimensional work, although situated within the legacy of Claes Oldenburg and Robert Gober, is principally concerned with the manifestation of capitalist myths on a gendered psyche.

In 2021, Genesis Belanger was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Consortium in Dijon, France. In 2020, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Ridgefield, Connecticut dedicated a solo exhibition to her work and published a catalogue on the occasion. In 2019, Belanger created an installation in the New Museum’s Storefront Window, New York. 

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education

2012 Master of Fine Arts, Combined Media, Hunter College, New York, NY, USA
2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts coursework, Rhode Island School of Design, RI, USA

solo shows

2024
Suave Inquietud, Genesis Belanger and Yoriko Mizushiri, Fundación MEDIANOCHE0, Granada, Spain (forthcoming)
 
2022

Blow Out, Perrotin, Paris, France

2021
- Another Man's Treasure, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- We Were Never Friends, The Consortium Museum, Dijon, France

2020
- The Party's Over, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Through the Eye of a Needle, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA

2019
- Coins for the Ferrymen, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Holding Pattern, New Museum, New York, NY, USA

2018 
- A Strange Relative, Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith, Perrotin, New York, NY, USA

2017  
- Cheap Cookie and a Tall Drink of Water, Mrs. Gallery, Maspeth, NY, USA

group shows

2024
- Day Jobs, traveling to Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (forthcoming)
- Giants, Roldophe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2023
Funk You Too!: Humor and Irreverence in Modern and Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, USA
Pleasure Principle, curated by Genesis Belanger, François Ghebaly, New York, NY, USA
Day Jobs, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA

2022
Mirror Mirror: Fashion and the Psyche, MoMu Fashion Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
Les Fleurs du Mâle, Musée d'Art Naïf Anatole-Jakovsky, Nice, France 
- Finger Bang, curated by Genesis Belanger and GaHee Park, Perrotin, Paris, France 
Performing Femininity, Mrs. Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Marinaro, New York, NY, USA
- WOMEN, ARKEN Museum of Moderne Art, Ishøj, Denmark
- Sausage Party, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2021
Anniversary, Mrs. Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Clay Pop, Jeffrey Deitch Inc, New York, NY, USA
- The Shoo Sho, curated by Julie Curtiss, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Bitter Nest, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Time Takes a Cigarette, Josh Lilley, London, UK

2020
- Artists for New York, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, USA
- Good Pictures, Jeffrey Deitch Inc, New York, NY, USA
A Love Letter to a Nightmare, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2019
- Dark Laughter, curated by Barry Schwabsky, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
- Magnetic Fields, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy
- No Patience For Monuments, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- Group Show, Howard’s, Athens, GA, USA

 2018  
- Distortions, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Liquid Dreams, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Objects Like Us, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart and David Adamo, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA
- Uncanny Memories, Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
- Body So Delicious, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI, USA

 2017
 - Genesis Belanger, Melissa Brown, Roy de Forest, Mimi Gross, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

 2016 
 - Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York, NY, USA
 - Happiness and Other Forms of Self Delusion, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY, USA
 - Frida Smoked, Invisible Exports Gallery, New York, NY, USA
 - Nature/Gesture, Project Art Space, New York, NY, USA
 - Spring Break/Art Fair, New York, NY, USA

public collections

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, USA
Pond Society, Shanghai, China

  • February 1, 2023
    AROUND — 5 PAGES

  • January 1, 2023
    Artforum — 2 PAGES

  • December 1, 2022
    Connaissance des Arts — 2 PAGES

  • November 29, 2022
    Stirpad — 8 PAGES

  • October 29, 2022
    The Steidz — 8 PAGES

2023

ELMGREEN & DRAGSET, JR, Koak, Jean-Marie APPRIOU, Iván ARGOTE, Daniel ARSHAM, Genesis BELANGER, Anna-Eva BERGMAN, Sophie CALLE, Julian CHARRIÈRE, Johan CRETEN, Jean-Philippe DELHOMME, Mathilde DENIZE, Lionel ESTÈVE, Jens FÄNGE, Bernard FRIZE, Laurent GRASSO, Vivian GREVEN, Hans HARTUNG, Charles HASCOËT, Thilo HEINZMANN, John HENDERSON, Leslie HEWITT, Gregor HILDEBRANDT, Dora JERIDI, Susumu KAMIJO, Bharti KHER, Klara KRISTALOVA, Georges MATHIEU, Takashi MURAKAMI, Sophia NARRETT, Katherina OLSCHBAUR, Danielle ORCHARD, Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, Paola PIVI, Gabriel RICO, Claude RUTAULT, Emily Mae SMITH, Jesús Rafael SOTO, Josh SPERLING, Tatiana TROUVÉ, Xavier VEILHAN, Bernar VENET, Pieter VERMEERSCH, LEE Bae, QI Zhuo, SHIM Moon-Seup

October 16, 2023 - November 10, 2023

paris

60 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS
2BIS AVENUE MATIGNON 75008 PARIS

Matignon - October+ group show

2022

Genesis BELANGER

October 15, 2022 - December 17, 2022

paris

76 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS

Blow Out

Henni ALFTAN, Trevor BAIRD, Genesis BELANGER, Chris BOGIA, GELITIN, Elizabeth GLAESSNER, Vivian GREVEN, Ivy HALDEMAN, Sharon MADANES, Nikki MALOOF, Jesse MOCKRIN, Danielle ORCHARD, GaHee PARK, Veronika PAUSOVA, Christina QUARLES, Sarah SLAPPEY, Emily Mae SMITH, Michael STAMM, Jessica STOLLER, Young-jun TAK, Robin F. WILLIAMS, Mark YANG

September 3, 2022 - September 24, 2022

paris

10 IMPASSE SAINT CLAUDE 75003 PARIS

Finger Bang

curated by Genesis Belanger & GaHee Park

2021

Genesis BELANGER

July 28, 2021 - September 18, 2021

tokyo

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Another Man's Treasure

Nina CHANEL ABNEY, Genesis BELANGER, Judy CHICAGO, Mark Thomas GIBSON, Faith RINGGOLD, Emily Mae SMITH, Chiffon THOMAS, Robin F. WILLIAMS

June 15, 2021 - July 17, 2021

tokyo

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Bitter Nest

2019

Genesis BELANGER, Julie CURTISS, Nick DOYLE, Celia HEMPTON, Ridley HOWARD, Jessie MAKINSON, GaHee PARK, Sarah PETERS, Naudline PIERRE, Emily Mae SMITH, Jansson STEGNER, Ruby Sky STILER

April 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Seoul

1F 5 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu

No Patience for Monuments

2018

Genesis BELANGER, Emily Mae SMITH

November 3, 2018 - December 22, 2018

new york

130 Orchard Street

A Strange Relative

"BLOW OUT" AT PERROTIN PARIS

"BLOW OUT" AT PERROTIN PARIS

Genesis BELANGER