Area residents and visitors are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Program and Reception on Wednesday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The restaurant sponsor is Karam’s Middle Eastern Bakery, 137 Campbell Avenue, Yorkville.
The community will have the opportunity to view a diverse assortment of contemporary sculpture and installation by emerging artists Jeff + Tara, The Friendly Falcons (Brooklyn, NY), Cornelia Konrads (Bad Munder, Germany) and Jessica Segall (Brooklyn, NY). The Friendly Falcons will be giving a live, musical performance at the reception.
This summer, we have had enjoyed a wide variety of sculptors whose work ranges from video, interactive digital, music, performance and site-specific installations. All are experimental, imaginative and unique. As always, our Works in Progress reception offers a glimpse into the artists’ creative process: uncovering and discovering the what and how of contemporary artists and why they do what they do. We are extremely grateful to the artists and delighted to share this surprising and novel experience with the community," says Monika Burczyk, Executive Director.
About the Artists:
Jeff + Tara are the collaborative duo sometimes known as The Friendly Falcons. Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier met in graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art and have been collaborating since 2006. They have exhibited and performed internationally, including a self-organized European and Scandic tour in 2010. They were recipients of the Toby Devon Lewis Award and were artists-in-residence on Governors Island, NY through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. They recently had a solo exhibition at Wave Hill Gardens, Bronx, NY and were named Smack Mellon Hot Picks in 2011.
The Falcons build multi-layered narrative projects using sculpture, video, music and performance. Their work explores the tension between the fundamental rhythms of life and the ordered systems that humans design to make sense of these rhythms.
Cornelia Konrads, born in Wuppertal, Germany, studied philosophy and has worked as a freelance artist since 1998. Her work has been commissioned temporarily and permanently for public spaces, sculpture parks and private gardens in numerous European countries, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the United States.
Her interest is primarily focused on site-specific installations – indoors and outdoors, temporary and permanent. As a passionate traveler, she has realized concepts through her various experiences of expositions, residencies and commissions in Europe, Asia, Australia and America. Her starting point is always a reflection of a space and it’s particularities – a close dialogue with the architecture, topography, vegetation and history of the surrounding area.
Jessica Segall is an American artist and musician living in New York City. Jessica is a graduate of Bard College and received her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited at the International Syposium for Electronic Art, the Havana Bienial, the National Gallery of Indonesia, the Queens Museum of Art, the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery and the Aldrich Museum. Jessica is the recipient of an Art Matters grant, the l.i.a.e.p. Travel Grant, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Fund, an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, a Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. She has attended artist residencies at Skowhegan, Land Art Mongolia, The Arctic Circle and Künstledorf Schöppingen.
About Sculpture Space:
Sculpture Space is an international artist in residence program, one of the only of its kind in North America. Work created at Sculpture Space is subsequently shown in museums, sculpture parks and galleries around the globe. Sculpture Space is a recent recipient of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for its non-profit category.
A unique cultural resource within the City of Utica, the Mohawk Valley and Upstate New York, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between international visiting artists and the local community through installations in public spaces, studio tours and collaborations with other organizations to realize artists’ projects. Twenty national and international artists are accepted each year to enjoy two-month residencies, receiving stipends to offset materials and travel costs, subsidized housing, 24-hour access to the studio and technical assistance. The program is in part made possible with support from the NYS Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (which believes that a great nation deserves great art), the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, area foundations and corporations and generous friends.