Jacqueline Bishop (MFAST ’16) part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston

The 2017 Jamaica Biennial is organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), the largest and oldest public art museum in the Anglophone Caribbean. With a focus on Jamaica and Jamaica Diaspora artists with specially invited artists from other Caribbean nations, the Biennial includes 35 invited Jamaican artists, 49 local, juried Jamaican artists and 7 special projects by Caribbean artists.

“Part invitational and part juried, the Biennial is a very inclusive exhibition which brings into dialogue work in traditional and new media and established and emerging artists from Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons’ reflections to recent art school graduates such as Kelly-Ann Lindo,” says Dr. Veerle Poupeye, the Biennual’s lead curator. “There is no imposed theme but for each edition, certain shared themes come to the fore that reflect the concerns of the present moment, such as the politics of race, hair, migration, violence, human rights, and climate change.”

 

The exhibition is on view from February 28 to May 28, 2017.

 

For more information on the artist, please visit www.jacquelineabishop.com.

“When Our Breaths Run”: a site-specific installation by Emily Harris (MFAST ’13) on view at North Willow

In her site-specific installation When Our Breaths Run, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Emily Harris continues her exploration of the body, technology and time with breath.

Each glass form is a record of the shape of one continuous exhale into molten glass created by Megan Biddle, an artist and glassblower commissioned by Harris.  A total of five of these glass pieces took shape through Megan’s breath, her movements, through the heated glass bulb, and the external conditions in the fabrication space.

Harris incorporates audio and video components within the installation space, as well as a set of drawings and interactive thread structures which reflect on breath through different technologies activated by the viewer.

This experience of the potential of one’s conscious physical presence in a chaotic social landscape is what moved Harris in the direction for this project.  “Being perceptive and using your body simply, can be the most radical act,” she says.

When Our Breaths Run is on view by appointment through April 9, 2017 at North Willow in  Montclair, NJ.

For more information on the artist, please visit www.emilymharris.com.

Brett Wallace (MFAST ’19) launches new project, “Reserved for Engineering”, in Brooklyn

Part product launch, part exhibition, part interactive event, “Reserved for Engineering” is a meditation on the speed, quantity, and spectacle of production and distribution. Wallace intervenes in these systems by addressing labor through the self-created company “Amazing”, recording testimonials of employees hired by the artist, and displaying a video of the first delivery of artwork by drone. Viewers will shuffle through the gallery turned Fulfillment Center, navigating a space of customized pizza boxes, drone surveillance, and employees sorting and stocking cultural goods, all the while feeding the network created by the space that is “Reserved for Engineering”.

This Friday or Next Friday is at 89 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

On view through December 2, 2016.

By appointment: gallery@thisfridayornextfriday.com

To read the review in Art Critical of Wallace’s recent solo exhibition “If This, Then What” at ART 3, click here. You can view installation photos on ART 3 Gallery’s website

For more information on the artist, visit www.brettwallace.com

 

Elena Volkova’s Solo Exhibition at Stevenson University

Stevenson University will feature the work of Baltimore-based photographer and Stevenson Assistant Professor of Art Elena Volkova (MFAST ’07) through Oct. 6 in the Art Gallery on the University’s Greenspring Campus.

The exhibition, titled “Penumbra,” referring to the area of transition between light and shadow, is a series of photographs that explores the concept of becoming. The images are observations of ordinary, commonplace, and familiar domestic spaces inviting the viewer to examine the subtle manifestations of the everyday.

A public reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. and an art talk led by Volkova will take place on Monday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.

For more information, click here.

Susan Striepe’s film featured at Fine Arts Film Festival

“Adjusting,” a film by Susan Striepe (MFAST 2017) has been accepted into the Fine Arts Film Festival, a premier showcase for independent film in Venice, California. Striepe’s film will be screened on May 14th at this annual film festival. For more information, visit http://www.thefineartsfilmfestival.com.

Visit the artist’s website at: http://susanstriepe.weebly.com.

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Jacqueline Bishop (MFAST ’16) awarded Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Non-Fiction

Jacqueline Bishop’s book “The Gymnast and Other Positions” was awarded the 2016 Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, non-fiction category. The book, a mix of short stories, essays, and interviews, also includes visual pieces by the author/artist.

The Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction.

For more information on the author, visit www.jacquelineabishop.com