Place / Displace / Replace: Art Practice In Situ
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Place/Displace/Replace: Art Practice In Situ,” an exhibition of work by second-year artists in the inaugural class of the MFA Art Practice Department that investigates the experience of time and space via the program’s low-residency structure: having a short but intense time together on campus during the summer, artists are connected in cyberspace during the academic year. Curated by current program participant Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, the exhibition will be on view from July 7 - August 11 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, New York City.
According to Sigurðardóttir, “As artists materializing from and transformed by the distance of cyber communication, we return to New York for shared time, shared space and personal presence. We have anticipated and accepted both phases of this duality as the conditions that shape the production, presentation and reception of our art.” The exhibition, as she explains, “is a flowing, evolving, growing and morphing platform with an emphasis on sharing, experience and exchange.”
Participating artists include: Daniel Allegrucci, Yasmeen Alsudairy, Faina, Angela Conant, Alfred Dong, Renyi Hu, Shima Iuchi, Bradford Kessler, Mathias Kessler, Noelle King, Rori Knudtson, Seirin Nagano, Matthew Niederhauser, Michael Severance and Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir.
The exhibition is organized around three objectives: the presentation of work within a shared context; a site-specific engagement with place, culminating in an installation documenting the performance work during the run of the show; and an analysis of the educational and creative experience, marked by a series of discussions and participatory projects. Prior to the exhibition, the works in “Place/Displace/Replace: Art Practice In Situ,” have only been seen by the artists’ classmates online, on their computer screens from locations around the world. The exhibition brings the works together in a shared space where they are in dialogue with each other and a new audience.