First Solo Show for alum Jemma Koo at Able Fine Arts

JEMMA KOO

Past Present

Opening Reception Jan 20, 2017 6-9pm

January 20 to February 2, 2017

Able Fine Arts NY

143 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Able Fine Art NY Gallery is proud to present the solo exhibition of Jemma Koo, titled "Past Present" in its new gallery on Orchard Street.

“Who has not looked up at the sky, in desperation, for a sign, or something,” wrote artist Paul Chan. The search for self and its meaning in relationship to memory and each other have been explored by all types of artists in contemporary art. In this powerful and visceral exhibition, emerging artist Jemma Koo makes use of the personal as an entry point to this conversation.

The show runs from January 20 to February 2, 2017. Please join us on January 20 for our opening reception where the artist will present a special performance of "Ten Layers" at 7pm.

For more info please visit Able Fine Arts

Alum Allison Kaufman at efa Project Space

Once More, with Feeling

EFA Project Space

November 11 - December 23, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 11, 6 - 8 pm

323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor NYC

Artists:

Rasha Asfour, Chloë Bass, Katya Grokhovsky, Shadi Harouni, Jana Kapelová, Allison Kaufman, Hilla Toony Navok, Jasmeen Patheja, Megan Snowe

Additional contributions by: Silvia Federici, Laurel Ptak, and Zoe Beloff

Curated by: Chelsea Haines

Once More, with Feeling investigates the gendered economy of emotional expression and its relationship to contemporary art. Exploring the gaps between fantasy and reality, labor and leisure, free and working time, the artists in this exhibition—based in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—grapple with how changing definitions of work have informed their own processes as artists, workers, and women.

Kaufman will be showing two videos, Friday Nights at Guitar Center and Dancing With Divorced Men.

"Friday Nights at Guitar Center” explores the predominately male customers of guitar stores via their impromptu in-store performances. It is an examination into the loneliness that is somehow abated and accentuated by spending time in American chain stores, the packaging and stereotyping of identities that these stores perpetuate, the fantasy of rock stardom, the human desire to be seen and recognized, and the simultaneity of exhibitionism and vulnerability.

“Dancing with Divorced Men”, is a looped video projection of recordings of myself dancing with middle-aged, divorced men in their homes. All strangers to me, I asked the subjects to choose a song and style of dance and following their lead, I create an appropriate female counterpart from their cues

Alum Daniel Traub featured in CCTV America

Award-winning photo book shows African immigrants in China

What happens when an American photographer and two Chinese portrait photographers combine their talents over a six year period?

You get an award-winning book called Little North Road which focuses on African immigrants standing on a pedestrian bridge in China.

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports from Colorado.

New York-based photographer Daniel Traub was already fascinated by China’s connection to Africa when he discovered a pedestrian bridge.

He met two Chinese portrait photographers who were selling souvenir photos. Traub’s photos would illustrate the backdrop and provide a frame.

The book, called “Little North Road,” is the product of 25,000 digital photos taken over six years which were eventually distilled down to just 40 from each portrait photographer.

Click here to watch a video.