Alums Adam Cable and Dodo Xinyu Zhang featured in Hyperallergic!

Congratulations to 2017 MFA Photo, Video and Related Media alum Adam Cable on his curatorial effort Constellations taking place at SVA's Chelsea Gallery. The exhibition will be on view through August 11th. “Constellations” comes from the sociological theory of intersectionality, asserting that all elements of identity—most notably gender, sexuality, race and class—are interwoven. Each marker cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the contextualizing factors surrounding it. The students in this exhibition utilize the multiplicities within identity to create personal yet socially engaged work. Connecting many points across space, these artists explore the complexity and composite nature of human experience.

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Alongside many talented artists from SVA's vast student body is the recent MFA Photo/ Video graduate Dodo Xinyu Zhang, whose thesis project Idle Character explores the complicated relationship between sexuality, identity and pornography through the medium of Japanese pornographic posters and self portraiture. Her work gets a beautiful write up in hyperallergic. A fitting start to her career as an emerging artist to keep an eye on.

Click here to check out what Zachary Small at Hyperallergic had to say about the exhibition and many congratulations to our talented graduates, Adam and Dodo!!!

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Constellations will be on view at SVA's Chelsea Gallery through August 11th. For more details on hours and the featured artists please click here.

Interview with alumni Maureen Drennan for PROHBTD

Excerpt from interview and article, Maureen Drennan: A Compelling and Intimate Glimpse into Removed Communities by Jelena Martinovic for PROHBTD.

 Maureen Drennan, Meet Me In the Green Glen, Adam

Maureen Drennan, Meet Me In the Green Glen, Adam

Jelena Martinovic: Your series Meet Me in the Green Glen, which provides an intimate look into the life of a cannabis grower in California, was recently exhibited in a group show at the Mrs. Gallery. Tell us more about this body of work. How did you find about this place and decide to explore it?

Maureen Drennan: The Mrs. Gallery show was so exciting—I was in excellent company. The project Meet Me in the Green Glen is an intimate look at a reclusive marijuana grower in Northern California. He was an isolated man whose environment was both ominous and verdant. We met several years ago and through this project became close. I photographed him for about nine years, and the laws and stigma around marijuana cultivation have changed in California. Despite the fact that many people in the area grow pot, and it is a large part of the local economy, many farms, his included, are not legal. They either grow more plants than is allowable or grow much larger plants than is legal. Also, you cannot transport more than a certain amount of weed, which poses a huge problem after harvest season. Every year Ben hired young men to help with the harvest.

 Maureen Drennan, Meet Me In the Green Glen, Ben

Maureen Drennan, Meet Me In the Green Glen, Ben

I met Ben serendipitously in a clothing store in Northern California. He wasn’t a worker there, he was just hanging out drinking beer at 3 p.m. so I teased him about his early happy hour amongst the racks of clothes. He teased me right back, “Well, where do you live that you can't drink beer in a public place?”

I replied, “Well… NYC,” and he said, “Ohhhhh, city mouse,” and our friendship began. We hit it off right away, and he invited me to his farm to photograph it.

The farm was like a slice of Eden. He had animals, lots of pot plants, but also vegetables, trees and a man-made pond with geese and ducks. During harvest season when the plants were tall and the buds were ripe, the entire farm smelled like weed. On warm days, it was intoxicating to be there.

At first, he didn’t want any pictures taken of him, just the farm, so I respected that. But then I returned a few months later and explained that what interested me more than an illegal pot farm was him, the man running it. I said I would never implicate him, and he trusted me so I photographed him for years. Our friendship grew, and I was honored to be considered a member of the family. He would tell me all kinds of stories about his life and would get so excited telling them, like it was an adventure.It’s interesting because, for me, being with him was an adventure. He sadly just passed away, and I feel lucky to have known him. He was extremely funny, charming and a great bullshit artist. He would tease me mercilessly when I took my time making portraits of him: "Jesus Christ, City Mouse, I don’t have all fucking day!"

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For Drennan's latest body of work she sought out subjects in liminal spaces — places outside homes, transit hubs, as well as secluded or marginal places where there is a particular kind of lonely poetry. Through encounters from locals, and those existing on the margins she was able to engage with spaces where as she says, "where certainties temporarily dissolve, where we often aren’t sure what's coming next. " To learn more, please click here.

Steel Stillman featured in Osmos Magazine

Faculty member and contemporary artist, Steel Stillman will be featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Osmos Magazine with his writing "6 Photographs". Featuring a radical blend of arresting images, print quality, and distinctive design, Osmos magazine is the most recognized publication in the market fostering contemporary perspectives in photography as the medium crossing all creative industries and practices--art, design, fashion and propaganda, aiming at the core of our imagination.

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This issue will also feautre Marilyn Minter, artist Jill Magid on her ongoing engagement with the work of Alexander Calder, an essay by contributing editor Tom McDonough on Anne Collier, Drew Sawyer on Elle Pérez, Russian Ghanaian photographer Liz Johnson Artur's "beautiful moments of everyday black life around the world" and Dale Harding's murals created using a stencil technique practiced by the artist's ancestors: the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples of Central Queensland, Australia

Penelope Umbrico at Postmasters

Running through August 11th 2018, SCREENSCAPES at Postmasters features the work of six artists working within the formal space of a screen, or exploring the formalization of networks. Alongside artists Diana Cooper, Luke Murphy, Rafaël Rozendaal, and Artie Vierkant, faculty member and critically acclaimed artist Penelope Umbrico will be showcasing her piece Bad Display (eBay) (2018).

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 Penelope Umbrico,  Bad Display (eBay)  (2018). 

Penelope Umbrico, Bad Display (eBay) (2018). 

The photographs in Broken Sets and Bad Display are cropped from images of broken LCD-TVs Umbrico found for sale on eBay and other consumer-to-consumer market sites, where the televisions are sold for parts. The sellers turn the sets on while photographing them so that potential buyers can see that the electronics behind the screens still work. She became interested in the incidental beauty of the screens because they are derived from the failure of their own promising technology. In her words, "By presenting these inadvertent abstract arrangements as formal compositions in their own right, I am collapsing the obsolescence and breakdown of new technology with the visionary aesthetic of Modernism."

Lissa Rivera exhibition Beautiful Boy at Clark Gallery

Clark Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming provincetown pop gallery featuring a solo exhibition by alumni Lissa Rivera. Beautiful Boy follows her collaboration with her friend, muse, and romantic partner in an effort to create a private domain in which fantasy and real life collide. Based on a conversation in which her friend divulged his collegiate habit of donning women’s clothing, the pair constructs a series of glamorous and alluring portraits in which gender and our understanding of it becomes ambiguous and nuanced. Beautiful Boy is a testament both to the man before her lens and her abiding love for him.

The reception will take place on July 6th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on view June 27th through July 25th, 2018 at Clark Gallery (Provincetown Pop-Up) located at 444 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.

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 Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

In related new, Rivera's work has also been acquired recently by Museum of Fine Arts Houston  and Newport Art Museum. On Saturday June 30th, her latest curatorial effort Our Souls to Keep will debut at Field Projects, NYC. The works were selected from an open call of over 1,100 entries. Representing both a keen awareness of repression and a sense of personal awakening, the artists in 'Our Souls To Keep' employ vernacular languages and outmoded processes to express the historical absurdities of American mythology, investigating the undercurrents of social control from the perspective of their own lived experiences.

 image courtesy of Field Projects. 

image courtesy of Field Projects.