In medias res

MA in Visual Arts Administration

In medias res

February 10 - 21, 2016

The Commons Gallery
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant St
NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 5pm - 7pm

Carly Burnell
Jonathan Yukio Clark
Dae Young Kim
Tritia Lee
Sala Moore
Rebecca Salmon
Eric Santoscoy-McKillip
Reba Kittredge Tyson

In medias res is an exhibition that brings together artists who disrupt, transform and distort expectations and limitations, suggesting new sites for expansion and imagination. Initially intrigued by the concept of borders and conditions of openness and exclusion, the show exposes in-between spaces of permeability and ambiguity and how artists approach these terrains. Many of the artists in the show look to these spaces as a point for departure: as non-spaces that exist between the tangible and intangible, scientific and poetic, imaginative and factual, catharsis and anxiety, but are ultimately rife with possibility.

Artists Rebecca Salmon, Eric Santoscoy-McKillip and Carly Burnell are forthright in the ways they disrupt and displace, altering and transforming physical space through a process which insists on material agency. Others, such as Dae Young Kim and Sala Moore demonstrate an embodied approach, by way of expressing the collapsibility of physical and psychic dimensions. Works by Tritia Lee, Reba Kittredge Tyson and Jonathan Yukio Clark are grounded in personal, visceral narratives and create new visual and physical spaces that reflect, expose and mirror. The works on display often challenge their own materiality, collapsing or expanding dimensions, to create a sense of unending space.

Using personal and ungraspable histories as sources of inspiration, In medias res looks at what it means to cross a threshold, to be defined by physical and mental borders, and to create new possibilities, definitions and processes.

In medias res is the first exhibition created by the Visual Arts Administration Curatorial Collective. The curators of the exhibition are Stephanie Bokenfohr, Danielle Brock, Sandrine Milet, and Moeka Sakuma.

The opening reception for In medias res will take place Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 5-7pm.