Five Purchase College alumni are involved in the new exhibit “Posing” that opens September 18 at the Abrons Art Center Gallery in New York City. Andrea Cote and Joelle Jensen, who received their MFA degrees from the School of Art+Design, co-curated the show, which features fellow MFA grads Yi Chen and Chris Kaczmarek. Titia Hulst, who received her degree in Art History, is featured on a panel discussion for the exhibit September 25.
An opening reception will be held September 19 from 6-8 PM.
Abrons Arts Center Gallery is located at Henry Street Settlement, 466 Grand Street (on the lower east side at Pitt Street). For more information, call 212-598-0400.
Yi Chen creates works that expose the practices of an image-conscious civilization. Chen paints figures from the back pages of popular Chinese magazines. Despite their blurred faces, westernized clothing and postures, the young teens appear fragile in their purchased identities.
Chris Kaczmarek’s interactive video installation ruptures the relationship between observer and observed. Kaczmarek’s timely installation provokes questions about current surveillance methods. “Push Button” incites consideration of the ways in which citizens participate (knowingly or otherwise) in the collection of information and the undefined parameters of how that information can be used.
Hulst will participate in a panel discussion entitled “New Positions” on the historical portraiture, reenactment and feminist implications of the gaze on September 25 at 6:30 PM.
Andrea Cote is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and dancer living in New York. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Purchase in 2003. She has presented solo and collaborative installations and performances in Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and New York. She will present her first solo show at a commercial gallery in October 2007 at PanAmerican Projects, Miami, which will include a video performance and installation as well as a new series of photographs.
Joelle Jensen completed both her MFA in Visual Arts and her MA in Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism at Purchase in 2006. A photographer, her work reveals a dark sense of humor as she examines family life, memory and loss. She received several awards for her series, "Repose," and a selection of her work was recently published in Photo Review magazine. Jensen contributes to NY Arts Magazine and recently curated “Mad Cow: Absurdity & Anxiety in Contemporary Culture” at NURTUREart Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.