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STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING at TORRANCE SHIPMAN / Brooklyn, NY


STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING

with:
DARIA IRINCHEEVA, TULA PLUMI, FREYA POWELL, WILLIE STEWART, MAGDALEN WONG

Opening night performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO  

curated by: IRINI MIGA


3/12 - 3/26 2016

219 36th Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn


STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View

STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View



STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View

STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View

STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View

DARIA IRINCHEEVA 
43 Degrees per Century

wood, spray paint on wood, flat dried flowers, cement, screws, A4 format 'zine' containing all of the personal documents submitted for the U.S. Green Card renewal

138 x 50 x 26 inches (variable)


FREYA POWELL 
Morning light, 1
2015
Direct to substrate, aluminium print
20 x 16"

Morning light, 17
2015
Direct to substrate, aluminium print
20 x 16”


MAGDALEN WONG
Read

oscillating fan, book: One Hundred Years of Solitude

2011


STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View


TULA PLUMI 
Lines and circles series (1)
painted steel sheet, chair cushion, 85x45x14 cm
2014

WILLIE STEWART 
Memory Tapes
pigmented inkjet print, industrial paint, cardboard, hardware, pencil drawings on stickers

18.5 x 9 x 2  IN each

2016 
WILLIE STEWART 
Memory Tape
pigmented inkjet print, industrial paint, cardboard, hardware, pencil drawings on stickers

18.5 x 9 x 2  IN

2016

WILLIE STEWART 
Memory Tape
pigmented inkjet print, industrial paint, cardboard, hardware, pencil drawings on stickers

18.5 x 9 x 2  IN

2016

WILLIE STEWART 
Memory Tape
pigmented inkjet print, industrial paint, cardboard, hardware, pencil drawings on stickers

18.5 x 9 x 2  IN

2016

STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View


STRATEGIES IN THE GEOMETRY OF HOMECOMING
Installation View

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO


video

Yeti and Firebush, Performance by: JUSTIN COOPER & ROSS MORENO



A song/non song
by Irini Miga

A place from a different timeline


(music..)

Far away from home
Things get a new form  (x2)

Words fall on the floor
One by one
“yellow”     
                “mirage”
      “pattern” 
Emptying what was full
While I drift deeper

And everywhere I go
I hear echoes of words  (x2)

At night the shadows that I see turn rhythm into lines
I follow them trying to stay on the surface

Because you see
Far away from home
Things get a new form  (x2)

Once there was a ______
Now a stack of blank pages

Until you ask me Where
And I say from There

Far away from home… (x2)

And everywhere I go… (x2)

(music…)



Dried flat flowers are standing in a cement vase that sits on a base made of a cement poured in a 5 liter water bottle in Daria Irincheeva’s 43 Degrees per Century. This composition stands on a pile of personal documents submitted for Daria’s U.S. Green Card application that was compiled by her husband and represents 21st century love letter, the quintessence of bureaucracy, a mix of shared bills, bank accounts and contracts. 

In Tula Plumi’s work from the Lines and Circles series a chair cushion is in dialogue with painted metal parts that resemble paper. This series is the continuation of previous paper works and collages and it was inspired by the paper exercises at the preliminary courses in Bauhaus. The series focuses on the concept of exercise as a process, approach and way of thinking and aim to create a context which deals with the ideas of repetition, error, improvisation, and balance, among others. 

Morning Light,1, and Morning Light, 17, are founded in observation, the shadow points to the origin of representation, but also to the presence of an absence. It marks the passing of time in a day, but also a season. It is our doppelgänger or alter ego. It is both personal and collective. In her Morning Light series Freya Powell observes shadows within the domestic sphere in attempts to capture time passing and the presence of an absence.

Willie Stewart's work focuses on objects related to the subcultural images of his past. in his series of handmade VHS Memory Tapes he explores the way objects can produce a veneer that constructs a sincere identity outside of irony. He is influenced by séances, Parker Brother's Ouija board as a teenage icon, aura photography, messages recorded backwards, and his teenage experiences with music and film; and interested in the parapsychological idea that everyday objects can contain paranormal and psychic energy.

An oscillating fan is blowing book pages back and forth in Magdalen Wong’s Read. The book is "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Marquez and its pages are turning to the rhythm of the fan.

Ross Moreno and Justin Cooper are  utilizing  elements of stand up, sketch, magic, monologue, improv, variety, and vaudeville they create performative experiences that consistently challenge the viewer’s expectations. Fragments of the known are collaged, refracted, skewed/skewered into a retro form of post-comedy. The results are hilarious looking, but still slightly tragic, mutant hybrids. Ultimately a deeper entertainment experience is their goal and though their comedic rhythms are not necessarily a beat you can dance to, you may still find yourself shaking with laughter on the dance floor.




Bios

Justin Cooper is a New York based artist who uses elements of comedy to create large scale installations, sculptures, videos, and performances. He received his MFA in sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 where he also studied performance and video. Cooper has attended several residencies both here and abroad including Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, Djerassi in Woodside, California, Franconia Sculpture Park in Schafer, Minnesota, and 1a Space in Kowloon, Hong Kong. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Newcity, Chicago Magazine, and L Magazine. He has exhibited and performed extensively nationally and internationally including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Austin, Hong Kong, Sweden, Mexico, and Berlin.

Daria Irincheeva was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia in 1987. She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France, and in 2013 graduated from The School of Visual Arts, NY with Honors. She has participated in numerous solo shows including "Circadian Rhythm" at Postmasters gallery, “Almost Aqua” at Wilson Project Space, Sardinia, Italy 2013; “Avoid this Water” at Reverse Space, Brooklyn, NY 2012 among others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including  'Expanding Space' at GES-2, Moscow, Russia, 2015; "This is what sculpture looks like" at Postmasters Gallery, NY, 2014; “Dreaming Russia” at the Albertina Museum, Vienna, 2013; “Joyful Archipelago” at Yinka Shonibare Guest Studio, London, 2012; “Gute Aussichten” at the 4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow 2011; among many others. She has curated "Anthropocene Markers" at Likky Ruph project space, Brooklyn, NY, 2016; "Dreaming is Free"as a part of a parallel program of Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2014; “TAMIZDAT”, for Family Business Gallery at New Holland, St. Petersburg, 2013; “Toasting to The Revolution”, at Family Business Gallery, NYC 2012 among others. She has been awarded several grants including The Silas Rhodes Scholarship, 2011-2013 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ross Moreno graduated in 2005 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in sculpture, also studying performance and video. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, having also studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Maine College of Art. Moreno has performed and exhibited in cities worldwide including Hong Kong, Berlin, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His work has been reviewed in Time Out Chicago and New City. Additionally, Moreno has been interviewed as part of the Art Forum 500 words series, and lectured about the intersection of magic and art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Moreno attended the summer residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003 receiving an artist fellowship, and in 2009 attended the Vermont Studio Center with a full fellowship. Ross Moreno is the recipient of grants from the Visiting Artist Fellowship Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Illinois Arts Council. Moreno has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Carthage College, Kenosha, WI. Moreno is a current member of the Society of American Magicians.

Tula Plumi was born in 1980 in Crete, Greece, and currently lives and works between Berlin and Athens. Recent solo exhibitions include Interspace, CAN Gallery, Athens, Greece (2012); and Museum Copies ReMap 3, Athens, Greece (2011). Recent group exhibitions include Areopagus Königin, Parallel Vienna, Austria, 2015; Carying water with a riddle, Volksbühne Berlin, Germany, 2015; Genuine Fake, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece, 2015; Conceptual & Applied III: Surfaces and Patterns, New Acquisitions from the Daimler Art Collection, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany (2014);  AFresh, Emst National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2013);  In The Studio, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece (2013); Monodrome Athens Biennale 3, Athens Greece (2011); She was commissioned for the Hermès Artist Window, Athens, Greece (2014), and was a nominee for the Hector Prize, Germany (2015).

Freya Powell is a Queens-based interdisciplinary artist. She holds an MFA from the Hunter College (2012) and a BA from Bard College (2006). Powell uses time-based, photographic, and linguistic platforms to examine “distance” and how it is experienced in the personal and the political. Powell’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the #1 Cartagena, the first international biennial of Cartagena, Colombia; Bronx Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park; Emerson Dorsch; Arts Santa Monica and other venues.  She has participated in artist residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park, Vermont Studio Center, Post-Contemporary (Troy, NY), and the Artist in the Marketplace program of the Bronx Museum. Powell received a William T. Graf Travel grant in 2011. 

Willie Stewart was born in Gallatin, Tennessee, on December 30, 1982. His family were members of an outlaw motorcycle club. Willie was raised by his great-grandmother Doris, a seamstress, and was homeschooled by his grandmother Susan, a truck-stop waitress. On weekdays, Willie went to work with his grandmother, where he played Dungeons and Dragons with the children of other waitresses. On weekends, when Willie's mother, Heidi, had free time, she took him to concerts. Together they saw the Melvins and Kiss at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee. In his teenage years, the subculture music and films of the 80's and 90's inspired him. After high school, Willie took a ten year academic break, during which time he studied analog electronics with Bob Burriss, played guitar professionally with Yoko Ono, and spent four years as a commercial display artist, before returning to the Cooper Union to complete his Bachelor's of Fine Art degree.

Magdalen Wong, born in Hong Kong, immigrated to the US as a teenager, received her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and her MFA with a Trustee Merit Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Wong had received the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center Residency in 2010, and the Asia Pacific Artist Fellowship from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, South Korea, with a residency at the Goyang Art Studio in Seoul in 2011. She had also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture artist residency in 2014, and most recently enjoyed her residency at YADDO in 2015. She had exhibited at Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, The Netherlands; Para/site Art Space, Hong Kong; Spring, Hong Kong; Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Gallery 400, Chicago; Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn; Fresh Window, Brooklyn; and NurtureArt, Brooklyn.

Irini Miga is a New York-based visual artist who was born in Larissa, Greece. Her work observes the intersection between sculpture, installation, and drawing. Miga received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University (2012) and her BFA from The Athens School of Fine Arts (2005) and Central Saint Martins College, London (2003). She was named one of the “10 Badass Emerging Female Artists you Should Know” by Huffington Post in 2015. Miga is currently an artist in residence at LMCC’s 2015-16 Workspace program, and just got accepted for the two year Open Sessions residency at the Drawing Center in New York. Additionally she has undertaken residencies at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg (2015), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014), The Watermill Center (2012), The Norwegian Theatre Academy (2012), and the Zurich AZB Sculpture Guest Atelier in Switzerland (2009). She received a Fulbright Grant in 2010, was short-listed for the DESTE Prize in 2011, and nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant in 2014. Her works have been exhibited internationally in: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, ReMap, Athens, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Blueshift Project, Miami, Family Business, New York, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, MUDAM Luxembourg, Side 2, Tokyo, and Bannerette, Brooklyn, among others.