Residency: January-February 2012
|Artist’s work created prior to residency|
2X2 is a collective: four artists with disparate uses of the figure, at intersections of the social, political, and personal. We met through the New York Foundation for the Arts MARK program and quickly realized the potential for combining existing work and creating new pieces in response to each other. Our work runs from raucously satirical to disturbingly confrontational by way of the intriguing and ethereal.
We create objects, interactive and sculptural installations, video, and street performances. Our figures have agency, empower viewers as centers of process and experience, and co-opt them as complicit participants. We complicate and push against dichotomies and hierarchies: self/other, perpetrator/victim, rural/urban, black/white, family/stranger, performer/observer.
At Sculpture Space, 2X2 is developing a collaborative installation for Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, which we will install immediately following our residency. The show will run from March 10th to April 14th, 2012. (http://www.aferro.org)
About the Artists
Ben Altman – “I torture myself in my basement”. The government won’t release torture photos; Ben Altman makes his own. He acts as victim, perpetrator, complicit witness. He screws or glues his segmented prints to dog-cages, bed-frames, wire mesh, and mirrors.
Christine Heller – "I cut, wrap, draw, knot, twist and paint". Family estrangement, personal tragedy and political outrage intersect for Christine Heller. Both painter and installation artist, she sees her installations as performance. She explores family and societal denial, paints faces – from family albums and news photographs – and draws bodies. She cuts figures from muslin, which thread around and through paintings and drawings, forming suspended figures that suggest shells, souls and shrouds.
Maria Driscoll McMahon – "I am a rural artist." Those five words carry a freight of stereotypes and prejudices. Maria’s work glories in and confronts this predicament. She works with wearable sculpture – suits covered with burdock burrs – video interviews of residents in her small upstate NY town, and drawings.
Sandra Stephens – “I turn identities inside out”. Sandra is fascinated by construction and reconstruction of identity: internally by the self, from the outside by stereotypes and visual culture. She uses video installations – the viewer as part of the piece, the piece responds to the viewer.