‘Access Grove, Soft Stand’, red velvet, polyfill, soil, seeds, found steel stanchions, and brass snap hooksDimensions variable
*Due to limited availability of staff and equipment resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, this work was de-installed on May 5, 2020 before the exhibition closed on May 17, 2020.


For ‘Access Grove, Soft Stand,’ Gabriela Salazar weaves, drapes, and wraps velvet rope, the ubiquitous crowd controller and VIP separator, in Socrates’ central grove of trees. The red rope simultaneously blocks, guides, and perhaps confounds visitors, whose bodies are shaped by urbanism and architecture, while passing through this public space. Salazar’s contorting and winding of the rope combined with the wild plants sprouting from the porous textile undermine the authority of this dividing line.

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Photography by Scott Lynch



Oct 5, 2019 – May 17, 2020 The Socrates Annual 2019