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Columbia University's premier gallery advancing historical, critical and creative engagement with the visual arts. Free and open to the public.
139 Posts
2k Followers
220 Following
Columbia University's premier gallery advancing historical, critical and creative engagement with the visual arts. Free and open to the public.
“Laila is a passionless painter of flowers. She documents them in cool, objective detail without the slightest poeticization of an amorous corolla. She does not wonder their names. She renders them with a botanist's accuracy in black ink. She paints, files her paintings in the order of their completion, and never looks at them again…” • Katharine Marais is a painter, poet, and ballerina. She enjoys working with the music scene, and has directed/ danced in a music video for Weezer. She recently did a live dance performance at the Lever House Art Collection. Katharine's real, literary, and 'art' narratives are inter­twined, with stories moving from reality, to poems, to dreams, and back. Literature, poetry, and linguistic experimentation unfold online at a place called th_Eroses. Two of the main characters are Laila and El Toro (a flower painter, and a bullfighter­turned-cherry-tree). People describe the paintings as "dignified ecstasy,” "feminine,” and colorful. • “...Irises, sprouting out the cathedral windows like Leonard Cohen's children of Suzanne - children of the morning I leaning out for love I and they will lean that way forever - • Downright smoochy in lettuce-edged petticoats, florid conch-shells with dew-drenched seams whose floppy girlishness belies an elegiac howl for sanctification, for the triumph of Flower v. Fading Light, in an unending battle where beauty always dies, where the poet's pen is the only weapon, the only hope — • Roses,  queenly, but no less desperate for an offering - a lifetime spent as The Muse has left the rose clinging, lurking in poets' gardens, unfolding silently before the easel among crusted cadmiums and ultramarines, pools of caustic turpentine and linseed. Her feet ache from years on the modelling stand, but her comportment is eternally regal.“ • View Marais’ work on our 8th floor through May 26th. Pictured here: “Egg of dreams,” 2017 (micron, soft pastel and prismacolor on paper, 14” x 11”); “Untitled,” 2015 (oil on canvas, 43.31” x 39.37”); “Venus,” 2017 (oil and acrylic on linen, 54” x 45”) • www.katharinemarais.xyz • #katharinemarais @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019
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“I was displaced at birth. • Shot into a violent world that continuously reiterated the who are you? the where  are you from? and what are you doing here? I am trying to make sense of it without being cynical or overly didactic but in a way that allows for something more embodied. My practice is an attempt at orbiting these immense questions that keep me up at night; who are you? I was born in Haiti, grew up in the Bahamas and now I am a (constant) migrant living in America, but what does this say about me other than the state of my body even before my existence?” • Jeffrey Meris was born in Haiti in 1991 and grew up in the Bahamas. Meris received an A.A in Arts and Crafts from the University of The Bahamas and a B.F.A in Sculpture from Temple University in May 2015, after being awarded the prestigious Harry C Moore, Lyford Cay Foundation Art Scholarship in 2012. Meris is the recipient of Popopstudios Junior Residency Prize 2010, Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition winner 2013, Guttenberg Arts Artist in Residence 2016, Halle 14 A.I.R 2017, among others. Meris has exhibited and spoken in multiple locations including Port au Prince, New York, Los Angeles, Vienna, Leipzig, and Wakanda. Meris is an MFA Candidate (2019) in Visual Arts at Columbia University. • View Meris’ work on our 8th floor through May 26th. Pictured here: “Mouth to Mouth” (lounge chair, steel, conduits, bottles, hoses, fiber optic cables, fiberglass, resin; 168” x 84” x 36”); Out of Breath” (steel, motor, bellow, zip ties, bottles, hoses; 74” x 24” x 14”); “I Used to Be I” and “I Used to Be II” (plaster dust on roofing paper; 74” x 36”); “Higher Level” (fishbowl, sponge, q-tips, sea-salt, earth, water; 18” x 18” x 8”). All works 2019. • @jeffreymeris #jeffreymeris @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019 #wallachartgallery
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Saskia Krafft grew up in rural Germany near the world's largest automobile plant. Raised amongst car mechanics and construction workers, she witnessed the forces that transform raw materials into consumer products. The land and the people that live in it are solely dedicated to agriculture and commercial use. • Saskia's projects originate from field trips to places remote and natural, densely populated and cultured. These observations led her to study drawing and sculpture at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts and Applied Sciences. She is interested in questions surrounding humanity's impact on complex ecosystems, the material relationship between urban and rural geographies, proposing that the 'wilderness' we are interfacing with is already human-made. • View Saskia’s work on our 8th floor through May 26th. Pictured here: “Yggdrasil (40.8176027, -73.9613936),” 105” x 75” x 153”, 2019. Copper, fallen tree, steel, polystyrene foam, soil, salt, brass, stone, debris. • @saskiakrafft @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019 #saskiakrafft #wallachartgallery
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“I am interested in how our understanding of sacred moves from its original position as a site, into place with symbolic meaning. In my art practice I construct sculptural effigies, replicate artifacts, and collect from my environment, utilizing archives and research facilities in both archaeology and horticulture. By having an understanding of the landscape's past traditions and its environmental layout, I begin to design my own sacred arenas.” • Priscilla Aleman’s work is currently on view on our 8th floor through May 26th. Pictured here: “Daydreams of Florida. Remembering Home. Cosmic dance of La Macaw,” 2019 (84” x 240” x 156”). Body cast, gifted macaw feathers, collected textiles, ceramic, unfired clay, mineral pigments, collected seeds from home, banana flowers, dried leaves. • Priscilla Aleman graduated from The Cooper Union with her BFA in Sculpture. Upon graduating she continued her art practice in Miami working with archae­ologists, while establishing the historic preservation committee in Miami-Dade County. Aleman's work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Margulies Collection, The Deering Estate, Young Arts Foundation, among other venues. She has participated as Artist-in­Residence at Mildred's Lane, Wheaton Arts, VCU Summer Studio Program, and has received numerous grants including Columbia University Dean Travel Grant, The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship, and is an alumnus for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.  www.priscilla-aleman.com • @priscillaaleman.studio @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019 #priscillaaleman
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“Drawing from personal experiences and histories, I create abstract optical sculptures and images to engage with the viewer through ideas of perception, disorientation, and camouflage. How can you expose something in the process of hiding it? Repetition and labor-intensive methods are used not only as catharsis to alleviate psychological narratives, but also to pay a conscious homage to my family's history and toils in factory work.” • Vivian Chiu’s work is currently on view on our 8th floor through May 26th. Pictured here: “Dancer” (inkjet print, maple); “Looking” (inkjet print, maple); “Level” (video, 10:00 minutes); “Weight” (poplar, braided string, jumpsuit, audio), all works 2019. • Vivian Chiu (b. 1989) is a visual artist who works primarily in wood. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hong Kong, Vivian attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she graduated with a BFA in Furniture Design ('11). Her work utilizes repetition and labor-intensive processes to not only create visually dynamic work but also to pay homage to her family's history in factory labor. Vivian has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Sculpture Space, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, amongst others. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Houston, Philadelphia, Milan, and Hong Kong. • @viv_chiu @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019 #vivianchiu
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The Wallach Art Gallery congratulates Columbia University’s School of the Arts Sound Arts and Visual Arts MFA students on the opening of their 2019 Thesis Exhibition! Please join us tomorrow for opening festivities from 3 to 6 pm. • Curated by Regine Basha • Exhibition Dates: April 28–May 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27, 3–6 pm • The Columbia University School of the Arts Visual Arts Program presents the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Arts. This exhibition encompasses work by the 31 artists who will graduate from the program this May. • Sound Art: Kamari Carter, Lee Gilboa, Mengtai Zhang. • Visual Arts: Priscilla Aleman, Nicole Burko, Vivian Chiu, Vikram Divecha, Rafael Domenech, Travis Fairclough, Annette Hur, Noah Jackson, Esteban Jefferson, Taejoong Kim, Susanna Koetter, Saskia Krafft, Rachel LaBine, Kate Liebman, Ruhee Maknojia, Katharine Marais, Jessica Martinez, James McCracken Jr., Jeffrey Meris, Dante Migone-Ojeda, Bat-Ami Rivlin, Emma Schwartz, Pauline Shaw, Jacqueline Silberbush, Hinda Weiss, Kiyan Williams, Xirin, Coco Young, A young Yu. • Visual Arts Faculty Gregory Amenoff, Matthew Buckingham (Chair), Gabriel Camnitzer (2018-19), Dana DeGiulio (2018-19), Katherine Hubbard (2018-19), Jon Kessler, Nicola López, Miya Masaoka, Leeza Meksin, Aliza Nisenbaum, Shelly Silver, Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tomas Vu-Daniel. • @bashagirl @columbiamfavisualarts #columbiamfa2019
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Aurelius Carson performs “Morning Breath” tomorrow at the Wallach Art Gallery, the final performance of “Into Darkness: exploring me and finding you.” Performing in the gallery from 5-6 pm, Carson “challenges linear constructions of dance history to reveal those who have been excluded from the historical canon, mobilizing the mythological, social, and personal in order to shake our complicit gaze.” –Exhibition curator and MODA Curatorial Fellow Alessandra Gomez . April 13, 12 - 3 pm and 5 - 6 pm “Morning Breath” Aurelius Carson . Photo: Aurelius Carson, “Caen Amour,” 2018. Photograph by Orpheas Emirzas. Courtesy of the Artist.
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Don’t miss the final days of the Wallach Art Gallery’s MFA First-Year and MODA Curates exhibitions, on view until Sunday, April 14th! We will reopen on April 28th for the School of the Arts Visual Arts and Sound Arts programs’ 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition. . . From left to right: Wai Lau, “Untitled,” 2019; Aika Akhmetova, “Kyzdin Zholy Zheneshke,” 2019; James J.A. Mercer, “ICE SCULPATHON”, 2019; Roni Aviv, “Screw That (no language for experience)” and “Voids,” 2019; Joanna Cortez, “Maybe Escondido,” 2019; Mónica Félix, “Vaivén (Sway),” 2019; Yushan Liu, “Violently Happy,” 2019; Eric Brittain, “Dim Ahas” and “Vanilla Techniques,” 2019; Alice Creischer, “POSTER 2,” 2016 (detail) . . All photos: Eddie José Bartolomei
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