Julia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry in “Drrrt” at the SVA Flatiron Gallery

Work by Juila Santoli (via the SVA events calendar)
Work by Juila Santoli (via the SVA events calendar)

Recent works by VCS students Julia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry are now on display in the SVA juried exhibition “Drrrt” at the Flatiron Gallery on West 21st Street. The show will be up through April 11th, with a reception this Tuesday, March 24th from 6 to 8 pm. The following excerpts from SVA’s event calendar discuss the show and provide a brief introduction to Benjamin and Julia’s work. The listing also includes a slideshow of works and additional information about the artists who are participating; you can find it here.

School of Visual Arts presents “Drrrt” (pronounced “dirt”), an exhibition of works by SVA students selected by a jury of their peers to exhibit at the College. Organized by SVA Galleries, “Drrrt” is on view Saturday, March 21, through Saturday, April 11, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.

Participating artists include Yuxi Cao, Claire Haik, Yong HurYounghoo LeeJulia Santoli and Benjamin Lee Sperry.

Drawing on artifacts from her family’s history, BFA Visual & Critical Studies student Julia Santoli explores how traces of the past manifest in the present through performance, printed works and sound.

BFA Visual & Critical Studies student Benjamin Lee Sperry’s large-scale digital photographs on clayboard experiment with representations of landscape and the manipulation of images through direct intervention by the artist’s hand.

Juried exhibitions are a way for SVA’s student body to recognize the achievements of their most distinguished classmates. Artists are selected from a large pool of applicants through a rigorous examination of presented materials, including documentation of work and artist statements. “Drrrt,” the first of seven juried exhibitions planned for 2015, features works that challenge the concepts of time, space and matter as material constraints. The title references earth as well as a percussive sound: material and immaterial elements of sensed reality. The works on view in this exhibition seek to transcend worldly limitations through the experimental use of sound, video, performance, painting, sculpture and photography.

Work by Benjamin Lee Sperry (via the SVA events calendar)
Work by Benjamin Lee Sperry (via the SVA events calendar)

The SVA Flatiron Gallery is located on the first floor at 133/141 West 21st Street in New York City. The show is free and open to the public, and can be viewed Mondays through Fridays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 6:00pm; the gallery is closed and is closed Sundays and federal holidays. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-592-2145 or gallery@sva.edu.

JinHee Kwak and Lisa Saeboe exhibit their work in the recent People’s Choice Grand Salon Show (also: an open call for the next exhibition)

Last Friday, VCS students JinHee Kwak and Lisa Saeboe had some of their recent work on display in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show, a one-night exhibition at Greenpoint Gallery in which the public got to cast a vote to determine the best-in-show awardees. JinHee sent along a couple images of her and Lisa’s installations, which I’ve included below. (You can also see additional images of some of the works by JinHee and Lisa on the VCS Flickr page.)

Two paintings by Lisa Saeboe in the People's Choice Grand Salon Show at Greenpoint Gallery.
Two paintings by Lisa Saeboe in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show


Work by JinHee Kwak in the People's Choice Grand Salon Show at Greenpoint Gallery.
Work by JinHee Kwak in the People’s Choice Grand Salon Show

JinHee also mentioned that the gallery is currently accepting submissions for Spring Fling Juried Salon Show, which will take place a week from today on March 27th. They’ll be accepting submissions until the 26th, and she thought it could be a good opportunity for more of our students to show their work, so I’m passing the news along. Here’s a little more information quoted from the call:

Greenpoint Gallery is now accepting submissions for our Spring Fling Juried Salon Show!!

FRIDAY, March 27th, 2015!!
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: March 26th at 11pm

Spring has sprung! Let us further urge the winter away by celebrating the cosmic thumbs up for springtime. This is a time of regeneration and rebirth so submit your favorites, your experiments, your breakthroughs! Dazzle and amaze us!

We’ve had several People’s Choice lately, so it’s time for our SPRING JURIED SALON SHOW! Mingle with fellow artists and a judge’s panel of artistic professionals at the most beloved independent art gallery in Brooklyn. Springtime is a booming time for selling work, so submit your best and price them to sell!

Best in Show wins $200 and a solo show! Runner Up winners will receive a slot in a group show with other Runner Up winners! We have two gallery floors and a stellar lineup of local bands and musicians sure to entertain. Submit today!

FRIDAY, March 27th @ 8pm.
All Mediums!!
Size Limit: 36×48″ and under

For additional information, including submission guidelines and details on delivery and pick up of works for the show, see the listing on the New York Foundation for the Arts website.

The VCS chair reading for March 2015

Ashford Six Moments
Doug Ashford, Six Moments in 1967 #3, 2008-2011.

The VCS Chair Reading for this month is the article “After OWS: Social Practice Art, Abstraction, and the Limits of the Social” by Gregory Sholette. Here is Department Chair Tom Huhn’s introduction:

My colleague Amy Wilson suggested the reading for this month. I’m very glad to second her recommendation:

Amy writes: I was given a copy of the book Golden Age (from which this essay is taken) by one of its editors after hosting the Zombie Formalism panel at SVA.

Download the Original Article

Monday at 6:30 pm: “Cara Starke on Creative Time” in room 101C

This Monday (March 16th) at 6:30 pm, VCS presents a lecture by Cara Starke, Director of Exhibitions at Creative Time. The talk will take place in room 101C at 133-141 West 21st Street, and is free and open to the public. For more information, see the poster below and this VCS blog post.

CSOCT poster

Elektra KB featured in The Independent’s “Bright young things: 10 faces to watch in 2015”

(screencapped from The Independent)
Elektra KB (screencapped from The Independent)

At the beginning of the year, VCS alumna Elektra KB was featured in “Bright young things: 10 faces to watch in 2015,” a profile of rising stars in the fields of contemporary art and entertainment published in the UK’s The Independent. Here’s what the article had to say about Elektra:

Feminism returned in 2014 and we need a new generation of feminist artists to confront inequality afresh. Elektra KB was born in Soviet-era Odessa and moved to Colombia as a child. Now studying for an MFA at Hunter College, New York, her bold and graphic work often uses materials associated with “women’s” craft, and considers “the demonisation of women and revolutionary culture since the heretics in the Middle Ages”. Her subject matter has included police brutality during the 2012 agrarian workers’ strike in Colombia and “Cathara Insurgent Women”. Her work is dramatic and exciting. She is one to watch.

Since the article’s original posting, it’s been picked up by SVA Briefs and publicized throughout the SVA community. We’re all very proud of Elektra, and want to congratulate her for this well-deserved honor.

To learn more about Elektra and see what she’s been working on, visit her website and blog.