July 28 - August 4, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 6 - 8 pm
@ La MaMa - La Galleria
6 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003
New York University's 80WSE Gallery, in collaboration with La MaMa-La Galleria, is pleased to present BLUE ALPHA, the Thesis exhibition of graduating MA students from Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions. Although the exhibition presents art works that represent a broad range of media and subject matter, they are all unified by the strong personal visions of these 6 women artists.
At its core Jacqueline Bishop’s work addresses the issues of home, ancestry, family, connectivity and belonging. She recreates the past in a series of ethereal and transcendent “Childhood Memories” photomontages where characters are often literally split between heaven and earth. While in the Babylon paintings lyrics from songs and poems are used to create text-based paintings on the notion of exile.
As a child Kerry-Ann Brown-Louis accompanied her aunt to work at the Jamaica School of Dance. She attended dance classes while her aunt worked as a seamstress and costume designer. Thus at an early age Ms. Brown-Louis had an understanding of balance, pattern, and line.
Ms. Brown-Louis describes her art as re-appropriating symbols and markings associated with music, stories, dance, and mythology on fabric, paper, static form, or video in order to reimagine the message and attempt to trap its vital force until it is released into the psyche of the viewer.
Ms. Brown-Louis’ current body of work is strongly influenced by the Jamaican Rolling-Calf folktales along with Ghanaian Funerary Culture resulting from her independent study in Ghana. Ms. Brown-Louis graduated Summa cum Laude from Morris Brown College with a B.A. in Studio Art and in 2012 eared a M.A. in Studio Art from New York University.
Jayne Burke's series of photographs is called 'In Between'. The images reflect events that are either staged or created through chance and unified by the creation of an invented world that is part fantasy and part reality. In searching for the logic to the composition the audience is forced to write their own narrative.
Graciela Cassel was born in Argentina and lives in New York. This summer she is receiving her Masters in Studio Art at New York University. She is a multimedia artist who works on video installations and sculpture, exploring the theme of recovered memories. Her work characterizes for juxtaposition of different layers into a new space where past, future, and present will converge in a new reality.
Her videos and sculptures have been featured in solo and group shows, and galleries including the Chelsea Museum and the North Carolina Museum in the United States, and at the Museo Sivori in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hyejin Kim is an artist born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Her work is drawn from her interdisciplinary background and interest in socio-economic and global current events. With a vivid palette and boundless imagination she creates fantastic imagery that explores the individual psyche as it interacts with the material world to create mythological constellations, meditative figures and surrealistic visions. She invented a number of evocative symbols in order to express her thoughts that lie beyond the conventions of realism. A single painting may include both fantastic and realistic imagery, suggesting there is a world of magic that lies beyond our everyday experience. Her paintings have been exhibited in exhibitions in New York, India, the North Carolina Museum and George Segal Gallery in Montclair, NJ.
Liz Schnore is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician with a passion for photography. She was reared in Virginia by acclaimed blues woman Ann Rabson, with interests in art, music and all forms of creative thinking.
She holds a BFA degree in sculpture and art history from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certificate in photography and digital imaging from Pratt Institute, and is currently pursuing an MA degree with a focus in fine art photography from NYU-Steinhardt’s studio art program.