Katarina Jerinic's upcoming solo exhibition at Baxter St

Class of 2002 alum and 2017 Workspace Resident, Katarina Jerinic will be debut her upcoming solo exhibition "Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals" at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York this January.

In this solo show, Jerinic recreates nautical signal code flags using images she made while wandering the streets of New York City. The flags provide a system of communication understood from a distance, and used when lost at sea or, in Jerinic’s case, the sidewalk. Like the flags’ original function, the artist’s flags correspond to the alphabet and relay simple, urgent messages such as “You are running into danger” and “I require assistance”—as well as the exhibition’s title Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.

On a nearby wall, a series of photographs show a lone figure amidst a deserted urban waterfront using these very flags to send quasi-cryptic signals towards the “sea” on the gallery’s opposite wall. Jerinic’s “sea” is a nearly 27-foot long cyanotype mural on fabric made from a series of photographs which alternate images of the city’s solid terrain and the watery landscape that surrounds and defines it. When rendered in the deep blue hues characteristic of the cyanotype process, the surfaces of the river and the street become almost the same. Jerinic’s exhibition calls attention to the precarity of New York City as a series of islands, and, like her work in general, considers the fluid and tenuous boundary between constructed landscapes and natural phenomena.

Image courtesy of Katarina Jerinic and Baxter St at Camera Club New York.

Image courtesy of Katarina Jerinic and Baxter St at Camera Club New York.

Shimon Attie featured in Domestic Arenas at Galerie Rudolfinum

Curated by Petr Nedoma, faculty member and visual artist Shimon Attie is featured in the group exhibition "Domestic Arenas" at Galerie Rudolfinum. His work will be in conversation with works by contemporary artists John Akomfrah, Jeremy Deller & Cecilia Bengolea, Stan Douglas, Omer Fast,and Kahlil Joseph.

The exhibition explores the synthesis of videoart, tendentious documentary and music videos from American and European artists, which sensitiely react on the authentic social and demographic problems of mostly the American society. Music plays here a significant role and a means of expressing the themes of individual works. Despite the seemingly entertaining musical format the authors managed to underline the very important and interethnic relations and tensions heavily discussed today.

The show debuts January 18th, 2018 and will run through March 18th. For more information and hours, please click here.

Image courtesy of Galerie Rudolfium

Image courtesy of Galerie Rudolfium

Shimon Attie will be showing his video installation Stateless which explores issues of flight, loss and belonging at a time when many immigrants are seeking refuge in Europe and are at risk of being banned from other parts of the Western world.

Shimon Attie, Stateless, Single Channel Video Installation, Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, 2017, 250 x 600 cm ©europafoto KLINGER

Shimon Attie, Stateless, Single Channel Video Installation, Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig, 2017, 250 x 600 cm ©europafoto KLINGER

Alums, Dina Litovsky and Ryan Pfulger featured in New York Times

In an article about the high-drama world of youth competition dance, written by Lizzie Feidelson, graduate of the program Dina Litovsky provides the accompanying visuals for the narrative.

Prestige dancers performing “To Build a Home” at the Showbiz competition in Hackensack, N.J.

Prestige dancers performing “To Build a Home” at the Showbiz competition in Hackensack, N.J.

Excerpt from story: "The second time I met Angelina Velardi she had just lost a baby tooth. It left a gaping hole in her smile, but she liked how it looked: “Now if I show the judges I’m mature, they’ll be more impressed,” she said, happily. Angelina is a 12-year-old competitive dancer, and canny to the ways in which technical acuity and preadolescent pliability can be combined to her advantage. She started competitive dancing less than three years ago.

On a Friday afternoon last spring, Angelina and her teammates from Prestige Academy of Dance arrived at a technical high school in Sparta, N.J., for the Imagine National Dance Challenge, a children’s dance competition. Each girl wore her black uniform and sported the team hairstyle, a low bun gleaming with hair spray. Dina Crupi, Prestige Academy’s 25-year-old studio owner and competition-team director, had chosen the hairstyle for its versatility: It allowed various headpieces and hats to be put on and removed with ease. Crupi still had nightmares about last year’s style, a too-complex choice involving a pouf encircled by braids. While she stood sipping coffee, the girls warmed up around her, brushing their fingers against the athletic-gray lobby walls for balance. With their small heads, shellacked scalps and long necks, the teammates looked elegant and creaturely, like a row of lizards."

To see more of Dina Litovsky's images and to continuing reading the full article, please click here.

Prestige dancers rehearsing before a competition. From left: Annalise Hofman, 13; Velardi; and Tiffany Benevenga, 13. Images courtesy of Dina Litovsky. 

Prestige dancers rehearsing before a competition. From left: Annalise Hofman, 13; Velardi; and Tiffany Benevenga, 13. Images courtesy of Dina Litovsky. 


Concurrently, alumni Ryan Pfluger was tasked with photographing human rights lawyer Alka Pradhan in a story (written by Jeffrey E. Stern) about her work with a high profile client, one of five accused Sept. 11 plotters imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay.

Excerpt from story : "When Pradhan flies down to Gitmo, which she does every month or two, her conversations with her client often have less to do with proving his innocence than with what has happened to him since his suspected crimes. One of the first things she learned about Baluchi, before they met, was that the C.I.A. had tortured him, and she has come to believe that America has waterboarded away its ability to convict him. It’s an international norm that countries don’t execute people they have tortured; the Geneva Conventions go as far as to say such prisoners must be rehabilitated. If America executes Baluchi, Pradhan believes, it will cede whatever eroding toehold it has on a moral high ground. Beyond that, what concerns her is that her client is suffering; that he has real physical and psychological injuries from his torture that have yet to be addressed. The way she sees it, by denying him adequate treatment, the government has continued to torture him."

To continuing reading the full story, please click here. 

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Jesse Chun - 2017 Triple Canopy Commission Recipient

Congratulations to class of 2014 alumni Jesse Chun on being selected as a winner of Triple Canopy's eighth annual call for proposals. The magazine invited artists and writers to propose projects for inclusion in an upcoming issue devoted to resentment—the aesthetics of this affect and its formal and political possibilities. In the next year, the recipients will work closely with editors on the creative and technical realization of their projects, which may be digital works of art or literature, performances, or print publications

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro), 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

WORKBOOK (Intro to Intro), 2017. Image courtesy of Jesse Chun. 

Jesse Chun is a New York-based visual artist from Seoul, New York, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Her digital project “WORKBOOK” will examine the rhetoric and aesthetic found in English as a Second Language (ESL) education. Drawing from ESL workbooks and online courses, Chun will edit, translate, and reinterpret select grammar and conversation books, online tutorials, audio, and standardized tests. In an attempt to unlearn, “WORKBOOK” will unpack the linguistic hierarchy and conditions of readability that accompany the English language, which continues to be the dominant “common language” of international relations, business, and the internet. Chun’s project asks: Could English ever become secondary? Could visual language come first? Could poetry, or 한글?

Steel Stillman at Kunstverein Langenhagen and Interview with Leigh Ledare

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Faculty member and fine artist, Steel Stillman will be featured in the exhibition aroundabout Jack Jaeger at Kunstverein Langenhagen in Germany. In this exhibition, Jaeger’s work forms the core of the presentation, to which works of a number of equal-minded artists are added as ‘conversation partners’, among them Anne Collier, Wjm Kok, Rachel Harrison, Aloïs Godinat, Anne Daem,s B. Wurtz, Michaela Meise and Wolfgang Tillmans.

The exhibition will run through Febbruary 11th, 2018. For more details please click here.

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Concurrently, Stillman recently participated in an interview with artist Leigh Ledare about his recent work which is featured in this month's issue of Art in America. For more information and to buy a copy, please click here. 

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Melvin Harper featured in Play at Pulse Miami Beach 2017

Congratulations are due to recent graduate Melvin Harper on the acceptance of his thesis project, 3017, into PULSE Contemporary Art Fair's PLAY exhibition at PULSE Miami Beach 2017. PLAY is PULSE's dedicated showcase of video and new media works. Harper's work has also recently been featured in exhibitions at Transmitter Gallery, The Re: Art Space, and David Nolan Gallery.

Curatated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Pauline Jampol, the theme for this year’s edition of PLAY is “POWER”, inviting artists to explore the multiple iterations of the word, its definitions, and the myriad of ways to interpret and contextualize power.

“The nine videos that we picked include works that contend with the stripping away of power through the lens of the oppressed or expose the dynamics of political dominance through the perspective of the spectator. Others intend to ameliorate the negative impacts of history, validate the power of personal achievement or emphasize the crippling impact of cultural power paradigms on the masses. Each of the videos selected are intended to illicit a visceral response and may be difficult to watch; a few may make you weep, gasp in shock, laugh with an unexplained sense of victory, or sigh with relief. It is our hope that this collection stirs you, and that you feel the full impact of our idea of power.”

The exhbition will run from Thursday December 7th through Sunday December 10th. For more details on hours, please click here.

"The truth is there is no such thing as the ‘Black Man’, but he is rendered nonetheless, as a mythological being, contemporary science fiction. Faced with the capitalist age’s omission of his circumstances - mass incarceration, modern indenture, an oppression so exaggerated and nuanced into praxis, such circumstances could only be science fiction." - Melvin Harper

Alejandra Laviada, "New Vision/New Generation" at Julie Saul Gallery

In the upcoming December exhibition, New Vision/ New Generation, at Julie Saul Gallery, well-known masters of photography will be paired with two emerging artists who have been inspired by their practice. In effect, exploring the continuing influence and traces of the past on the present.

Featured in this exhibition is alumni, Alejandra Laviada (b.1980). While based in Mexico, her Geometry of Space series creates deep dark spaces that resemble the structure and mystery of her pairee's, László Moholy-Nagy, photograms. Here, she uses discarded building materials that are multiply exposed in camera to form powerful abstract compositions. She embraces Moholy’s credo, as expressed in his 1923 publication Painting Photography Film, that each work must find its medium- in this case abstract photography.

Also included in the exhibition is italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992) and East German born artist Andrea Grützner (b.1984).

The exhibition opens December 2nd and will run through Feb. 3rd, 2018.

For more details on the show please click here.

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Hans Tammen & Dark Circuits Orchestra - CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT

Crossing the Lagrangian Point” is a large multi-movement piece written by faculty member Hans Tammen for 10 light & sound performers, a spatialist, and a conductor. A large collection of lightbulbs, LED structures and fluorescent lights fight and clash with bizarre visuals projected onto objects, fabrics, ceilings and walls. Sounds are generated with ear-scorching intensity directly from the visuals or from a mad combination of audio and video synth modules, while the “spatialist” throws them around in an 8-channel sound system like a violently moving fluid. It is a controlled chaos of loud, visceral blast of colors, flashes and polyrhythmic machinations.

Participating artists include Michael Vorfield, ChiKa, Benton C Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting).

The performance will be taking place on Thursday, November 30th at 8pm at the Knockdown Center in Brookyln. Tickets are $10. NHLK, a duo from Switzerland that explores the boundaries where music and language overlap, will be opening for them at 7pm.

To purchase tickets or find out more about the performance, please click here.

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. The concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Here's an excerpt from the 2014 SUGARCUBE  performance by Hans Tammen's Dark Circuits Orchestra with Andrea Parkins, Miguel Frasconi, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski, Phillip White, Shoko Nagai, Joshua Fried, Chuck Bettis, Matthew Aidekman, Michael Schumacher and special guest David Watson (bagpipe)!

Maureen Drennan featured in Newest York

Alum Maureen Drennan latest work on the Rust Belt featured in Newest York, a not-for-profit publisher & arts organization supporting and showcasing local artists whose work engages with New York City.

(Excerpt from Newest York Magazine)

"People tell me I am a good listener. I listen to the shy, the lonely, the deeply religious, the old dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers, the suspicious, the young, the hopeful, the hard workers, the hard drinkers, the drug addicts, the sex workers. A new person presents a fresh opportunity to tell their story again with different embellishments, new twist endings, and heroic narrators.

During my wanderings around old industrial and manufacturing areas in Brooklyn I met and listened to a multitude of New Yorkers. These areas along the water are surprisingly quiet and tranquil. The high grass in abandoned lots is verdant and lush, and flowers and trees poke out through every possible crevice. In the summer the air is heavy with the buzzing of insects and bird calls. The clang and hum of machinery and beeping of trucks in the distance blend with the natural sounds and add to the almost pastoral feel of these out-of-the-way spaces."

To continue reading and learn more about Maureen Drennan and her work in the Rust Belt, please click here.

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Fall Salon 2017 Recap

Now that the dust has settled we wanted to recap the events of Salon and thank everyone who participated, from the students to the distinguished alumni and faculty who contributed to the Charity Print Sale.

This fall's event was a major success. With an estimated 350+ guests in attendance over the 3 hours that were filled with performances, film screenings, video installations, photographic work, food and lots of conversation on art and life.

So take a look below and get a glimpse at what's transpired, and what are talented student body is up to. If you missed this event, don't worry there will be another one in the spring which promises to be one not to miss.

 
Design by Johnnie Chatman

Design by Johnnie Chatman

 

I. The Preparation

Jaizi Abedania setting up her work for her first Salon

Jaizi Abedania setting up her work for her first Salon

Thesis student, Zack Boozer placing some finishing touches on his display.

Thesis student, Zack Boozer placing some finishing touches on his display.

Hanwen Zhang and Nina Cochran discussing last minute placement.

Hanwen Zhang and Nina Cochran discussing last minute placement.

Wen Han Chang and Brett Henrikson cutting some posters for the print sale.

Wen Han Chang and Brett Henrikson cutting some posters for the print sale.

Zhazha Zheng and Yi Chen setting up their interactive video installation.

Zhazha Zheng and Yi Chen setting up their interactive video installation.

Returning student Di Wu setting up her mixed media works. 

Returning student Di Wu setting up her mixed media works. 

Can't have a salon without snacks. 

Can't have a salon without snacks. 

 

II. The Payoff

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Guest enjoying returning student Carla Carvalho's installation based on her time in Brazil.

Guest enjoying returning student Carla Carvalho's installation based on her time in Brazil.

Guests playing with Jing Lin's bubble machine. 

Guests playing with Jing Lin's bubble machine. 

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A glimpse at the film screening. 

A glimpse at the film screening. 

Guests glancing over the work in the print sale. 

Guests glancing over the work in the print sale. 

Inside thesis student Dodo Zhang's glamourous pink tent "recruitment" event. 

Inside thesis student Dodo Zhang's glamourous pink tent "recruitment" event. 

Guests viewing thesis student Youwon Jeong's work Heart Street. 

Guests viewing thesis student Youwon Jeong's work Heart Street. 

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New student Angie Nam discussing her work. 

New student Angie Nam discussing her work. 

New student Petros Lales in front of his image, Time Traveler.

New student Petros Lales in front of his image, Time Traveler.

New student, Yi Hsuan Lai beside her work.

New student, Yi Hsuan Lai beside her work.

Performance by thesis student Taole Zhu. 

Performance by thesis student Taole Zhu. 

Installation by new student Kyle Henderson. 

Installation by new student Kyle Henderson. 

Photos courtesy of Chris Janaro, Petros Lales and Youwon Jeong. 

Photos courtesy of Chris Janaro, Petros Lales and Youwon Jeong. 

The department extends its gratitude and thanks to everyone who made this event such a success and we hope to see you again in the spring!