Yale Sculpture 2014
Opens April 18, 6-9 pm (through May 18th, 2014)
Storefront Ten Eyck—16 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Jerry Blackman, Allen Chen, Shih-Hsiung Chou, Lauren Halsey, Michael Handley, Erin Henry, Yutaka Kawahito, Shehrezad Maher, Maya Manvi, Oren Pinhassi, Mark StarlingOren Pinhassi and his peers in the Yale Sculpture Department will be showing their work at Storefront. Oren was featured on AOT a few months back when I visited his studio at Yale. Pinhassi’s works are typically very large in scale, and he creates a few small objects in his spare time. He will be showing a fragment of his thesis work (one standing arch and one door attached to it) as well as his Backpack piece.
“Storefront Ten Eyck is pleased to present an exhibition of the 2014 Yale University MFA sculptors. The artists have developed their work in the context of an intensive two-year curriculum that has bound them together in a close relationship. The conversation between their practices is cryptic at times, but an unmistakable common energy is consistent throughout. The friendships among these eleven individuals have fostered an open, on-going dialogue about their work that is synonymous with their lives.”
“Blackman is interested in deconstructing fantasy spaces to arrive at new forms. For Halsey, fantasy is used to deconstruct the present realities of her hometown, Los Angeles, and propose new ones. Death and ecstasy are conjured and balanced in Starling’s meditative forms. Kawahito mines materials for their psychological and emotional potential. Using the narratives of architecture, Pinhassi approaches and questions philosophical meaning. Maher often uses a synthesis of performance and sculpture to weave subtle but aggressive stories. Manvi takes cues from science fiction and do-it-yourself chemistry to arrive at uncanny and difficult forms. Hysterically extending the patterns of logic she notices around her, Henry reveals something about curiosity itself. Chou locates the sublime in a rigorous geometry and applies simple gestures to disrupt it. Handley’s work investigates the idea of location as a matrix of questions he employs to understand his identity. Chen’s simple interventions reveal the flimsy nature of reality’s conventions.”
“The disparate interests of these artists have incubated for the past two years in New Haven. The artists look forward to the opportunity to exhibit their work in the context of the vibrant Bushwick-Ridgewood art community and the broader New York art world.”