Department of Art and Art History Studio Art

Ezra Masch to exhibit at Mattress Factory

Fri. September 9, 2016

Ezra Masch, "Mind the Gap", 2016
Ezra Masch, "Mind the Gap", 2016

 

After a summer as one of the Mattress Factory’s artists-in-residence, Ezra Masch (M.F.A. Studio Art, 2012) will exhibit all new installation work on September 30, 2016. The Mattress Factory is renowned as a leader in site-specific, contemporary art and continues its tradition of unparalleled support of its resident artists.

Masch will exhibit a multi-channel video installation comprised of footage shot in the NYC subway system. Masch has synchronized and arranged cell phone footage collected from passersby in Pittsburgh who were asked to shoot video with their own cell phones simultaneously out of different windows of a moving train. Together they create an unfolded view of the tunnels, platforms and people underground.

“When I moved to NYC last year, I began to document my surroundings by making drawings and video sketches,” writes Masch. “In part, the shift from sculpture to drawing/video was out of necessity (I couldn't afford a studio space in New York, and I had to find a way to sustain a creative practice in this challenging environment), but the sketches have turned into a catalyst for exploring new territory in my work. I'm excited about using video in a sculptural way.”

Twelve videos in all, six on each side, the exhibit is intended to be an immersive audio-visual experience.
 

Manifesta 11 European Biennial of Contemporary Art Features Michael Smith

Tue. May 31, 2016

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'What do you want to be when you grow up?' From early childhood on, work is thought of as something of essential importance for personal desires. The profession we select plays a central role in the development of our identity, in how we speak, behave and relate to other people. The question: 'What do you do for money?' is the starting point for the curatorial concept of Manifesta 11.

Next to the Joint Ventures, the new artistic productions, the curated section of Manifesta 11 brings together artistic positions from the past and the present to examine how work can be subject of artistic reflection. At the same time, the selected works illuminate the concrete working conditions under which art is produced.

The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction gathers artworks and non-art-specific materials from the past fifty years. The show, curated by Christian Jankowski and Francesca Gavin, is divided into eleven chambers. These are inspired by the intersections between private and public, the personal and the professional, and examine how and why artists portray the working process and relations that they face and engage in. 

The exhibition will be on view from June 11- September 18, 2016.

"Ghost" by Jason Urban/ Printeresting Published in St. Louis Magazine

Fri. May 27, 2016

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Katherine Miller, "The Red Book," 2015, handbound book with monotype and gold leaf
 
Ghost, a one-night pop-up exhibit curated by artist Sage Dawson, explores the spectrum of meaning within that word, both in the execution of the show and with the work itself, with artists responding in myriad and complex ways. Kate McQuillen's Night House (above) will be represented by a fragment of Styrene, printed with glow-in-the-dark stars and galaxies, that McQuillen affixed to the facade of an Oak Park house for Chicago's 2015 Terrain Biennial. Like Night House, other works in the show are "a fragment of some other project," Dawson says. "Other pieces are in the show because they thematically speak to death or loss. There are a lot of objects in the show that are like artifacts, or they are artifacts; or they’re fragments or traces of something of a project previously done."

Christine Sun Kim featured in UPROXX

Thu. May 5, 2016

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Christine Sun Kim discusses some of her sound projects with UPROXX.

Ghost exhibition based on publication by Jason Urban / Printeresting featured in St. Louis Magazine

Sat. April 30, 2016

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Image courtesy of Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban.

Ghost, a one-night exhibition, draws upon the publication of the same name produced by Jason Urban / Printeresting. The exhibition was featured by St. Louis Magazine.

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