Culling imagery and objects from her personal history, travels, and ethnological research, Vanessa Safavi engenders humorous engagements among unlikely materials. In her most recent installation at Castello di Rivoli, the artist paired abandoned clothing and bottles with glossy monochrome prints, questioning the personal and commercial value of objects, treasure or trash.
Vanessa Safavi was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. She lives and works in Berlin. In 2013, Safavi was awarded the Luci d’Artista public commission in the city of Turin, Italy.
Vanessa Safavi, One Torino #1 (Exhibition view), 2013. Courtesy the artist & Chert, Berlin.
FEATURED ARTIST: Working in performance, video, and photography, Sable Elyse Smith attempts to reactivate personal and collective histories. Smith’s ongoing installation project The Institute for the Research & Reinsertion of DiasporicMemory presents oppositional and fragmented narratives of the recent earthquake in Haiti and the Parsley Massacre of the 1930s. Through a queering of the archival, the artist hopes facilitate a conversation around power dynamics, access, authorship, and historiography among viewers. Based in Brooklyn, Smith is a member of the collective Fantastic Futures and has recently performed at the Window at 125, Eyebeam, and the New Museum.
Sable Elyse Smith, The Institute for the Research & Reinsertion of Diasporic Memory (detail), 2013. Mixed media installation and video. Courtesy the artist.
FEATURED ARTIST: John Houck is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with photographic materials and engages in architectural interventions. Houck’s background as a computer programmer influences his practice; he often generates compositions by repurposing digital systems or designing unique algorithms. The artist’s series A History of Graph Paper addresses the impulse to produce quantifying models of our world in order to better comprehend it, and in turn, how these models come to affect our perceptions of the world. Houck was recently featured in a solo show at On Stellar Rays (New York) and his first solo exhibition in the UK runs at Max Wigram Gallery (London) from November 20, 2013 to January 18, 2014.
FEATURED ARTIST: David Horvitz, Let Us Keep Our Own Noon (performance still) at MoMA PS1 during the New York Art Book Fair, September 21, 2013. Photo: Cameron Blayock. Supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: David Horvitz is an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. This week, SculptureCenter is featuring his most recent project, Let Us Keep Our Own Noon. This sound performance and sculptural installation is comprised of 47 small hand bells fashioned by a German bell foundry from one original French tower bell (dated 1742). Let Us Keep Our Own Noon is performed in various locations at local noon time by individuals who each ring one bell in union. The performers slowly disperse while sounding their instruments, fragmenting and decentralizing the original bell into different directions, falling out of sync with each other as they wander on their own time. Let Us Keep Our Own Noon is a project developed by Horvitz during a Summer 2013 residency at Recess.
David Horvitz, Let Us Keep Our Own Noon (production still) at the Glockenladen Foundry in Berlin, Germany, 2013. Photo courtesy of Michael Metzler and the Glockenladen Foundry. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Christine Howard Sandoval is a multi-media artist working predominantly in video, performance, and sculpture. Sandoval uses the body as a device for symbolic transgression, to negotiate between site, subject, and material. Through her work, Sandoval performs the act of trespassing across political and environmental borders. She has recently exhibited at El Museo Del Barrio and Parsons The New School for Design in New York.
FEATURED ARTIST: Derek G. Larson is an artist living and working in Georgia. In his practice, he combines digital media with painting, lights, motors, and projected animations on freestanding screens. Larson re-imagines austere philosophical ideals through the lens of consumer culture and the language of abstraction. He has participated in a number of national and international shows and residencies, with recent exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Union South Gallery 1308 (Madison), May Gallery (New Orleans) and Vox Populi (Philadelphia).
Derek G. Larson, Shop ‘Til You Droop, 2013. Projected animation, acrylic composite, epoxy, wood, hydrocal, fluorescent light, black light, acrylic paint, metal, string. 40 x 30 x 4 in. Courtesy the artist. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Amalia Pica, A ∩ B ∩ C, 2013. Performance still with installation Plexiglas shapes. Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Courtesy of Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Amalia Pica is a London-based artist working in sculpture, photography, drawing, installation, and performance. In her work, the politics of social exchange are made legible using visual forms. Concerned with both verbal and non-verbal communication and instances in which these exchanges fail, Pica often uses found materials to demonstrate the limits of speech and whether communication is politically determined as a right or privilege. Whether attaching drinking glasses to the gallery wall or appropriating mathematical symbols and diagrams, the artist refers to the subversive power of intersections, unions, and collaborative formations. Pica has recently had solo exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Boston), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Chisenhale Gallery (London).
FEATURED ARTIST: Jessica Vaughn is a New York-based artist whose work in sculpture, photography, and installation acts as a catalyst or supporting structure for activism. Through a variety of visual interventions in the urban landscape, Vaughn’s work reflects on the competing or obscured socio-political narratives that come to define American cities. Vaughn has recently shown at Project Row House (Houston), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York) and the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York). Her work is featured in the exhibition Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1 on view through December 15th at Industry City (Brooklyn).
Jessica Vaughn, Production of Space (Pinned, Rephotographed and Posted), 2012-ongoing. Digital C-print on vinyl. 6 x 4 ft. Courtesy the artist. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Christopher Aque, Hand in Glove, 2012. Factory-sealed copy of The Smiths’ debut single on chromogenic print of Margaret Walters, The Nude Male, New York: Paddington Press, 1978, pg. 312, framed. 12 x 9 in. Courtesy the artist. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Christopher Aque is a New York-based artist working in sculpture, video, publishing, photography, and installation. By repurposing everyday images and materials, his work refers to experiences of “queerness” or “otherness” that are at once familiar and unsettling. Personal and consumer items such as the Abercrombie bags Aque collected as a child, Vaseline petroleum jelly, record covers, and movie posters are recontextualized or recoded to represent larger cultural melodramas. Aque has recently shown at Laurel Gitlen (New York), the University of North Dakota, Practice Gallery (Philadelphia), and Peregrine Program (Chicago).
FEATURED ARTIST: Brendan Lynch is a New York based artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. With a focus on process, Lynch uses materials irreverently (sanded paint dust, surf wax, cigarette ash, and potato chips), creating polyglot objects that shift according to changing contexts—be they physical or online. Lynch works as part of The Still House Group in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and has recently shown at The Fireplace Project in Springs, NY and ReMap4 in Athens. Notable past exhibitions include U Can’t Say That Again Again at Bugada & Cargnel in Paris, Here Comes at Mark Fletcher Gallery, and New York Minute at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.
FEATURED ARTIST: Val Britton, The Elsewhere of Another World, 2013. Graphite, ink, and collage on vintage paper. 22 ¼ x 33 in. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jeffery Cross. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
FEATURED ARTIST: Val Britton is a San Francisco-based artist who creates immersive installations and works on paper that draw from the language of maps. Using hand-cut, printed, and painted paper, the artist constructs spaces that hover between two and three dimensions. Her compositional interests lie in exploring the tension between chaos and order, abstraction and representation, movement and stasis. Britton has exhibited her work throughout the United States, including recent solo shows at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Foley Gallery in New York.
FEATURED ARTIST: Sara Clendening’s work provides a humorous take on contemporary pop culture, often generating new narratives. Many of Clendening’s images contain sculptural elements and interact with their surroundings, playing with the boundary between two and three dimensions. Indicative of her overall practice, Clendening dissects consumer fantasies used in perfume advertisements for her recent exhibition New Scents! at Paradise Garage. Package design, marketing, and designer knock-offs are conflated with painting and sculpture. Other recent solo exhibitions include Pure Moods, Museo Apparente (Naples, IT); Void Fill, Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR); and Sauce Policy, The Green Gallery (Milkwaukee, WI). Clendening received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles. She is represented by The Green Gallery in Milwaukee, WI.