May 29 - June 13, 2015
School of Visual Arts presents “The Ruins,” an exhibition of works by SVA students selected by a jury of their peers. Organized by SVA Galleries, “The Ruins” is on view Friday, May 29, through Saturday, June 13, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.
Inhabiting the ruins of traditional art disciplinary structure, antiquated craft traditions and personal memory, the artists represented in this exhibition use nontraditional and post-disciplinary media to connect with their subject matter and content.
Christy Bremer (MFA Fine Arts) presents “viruses translated as glitter particles,” works in which the surfaces are engulfed and the subjects annihilated.
Lulu Zhang (MFA Fine Arts) presents a “sensuous metropolitan dystopia” in her ink drawings, which incorporate coat-of-arms imagery influenced by the textile techniques of the Mongol, Ming and Qing dynasties.
Alexandra Romero (BFA Fine Arts) incorporates found objects in her paintings, many of which take as their subject or inspiration the ruins of collapsed New York City landmarks.
Yichen Sheng (MFA Computer Art) washes pages of art publications in a dye bath, and combines them with sculpture, painting and installation works, reclaiming craft’s traditional place as the foundation of all fine art disciplines.
Toni-Marie Devenuto (BFA Fine Arts) presents large-scale portraits created with common house paints and a five-inch house paintbrush.
Ashley Catharine Smith (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media) combines embroidery with photography.
Ebony Noziere (BFA Visual & Critical Studies) reconstructs and reassembles objects that appear in her photographs on cotton, using print making, sewing machine and hand-embroidery techniques.
HyunWook Seo (MFA Fine Arts) presents wearable sculptures (for example, a headdress that is a micro-scale theme park) that subvert the expectations and preconceptions of traditional metal-smith work.
Amanda Selinder (BFA Fine Arts) presents an installation incorporating flowing, naturally dyed silk, whose hues come from red cabbage, red beets and turmeric.
Juried exhibitions are a way for SVA’s student body to recognize the achievements of their classmates. Artists are selected from a large pool of applicants through a rigorous examination of presented materials, including documentation of work and artist statements.