Area residents and visitors are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Program and Reception on Friday, April 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The restaurant sponsor is Symeon’s Greek Restaurant, 4941 Commercial Drive, Yorkville, NY.
The community will have the opportunity to view intriguing contemporary sculptures and installations in a wide range of media by emerging artists: Judith Hoffman (Brooklyn, NY), Zaq Landsberg (Brooklyn, NY), Juliana Cerqueira Leite (Brooklyn, NY), and Vered Sivan (New York, NY).
"The artworks and artists are captivating — experimental and original. The 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 at Sculpture Space are extremely grateful to the artists and delighted to share this remarkable experience with the community," says Monika Burczyk, the Interim Executive Director.
About the Artists:
Judith Hoffman lives in New York City. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited at national locations including Art in Odd Places, NY (2011), The Soap Factory, MN (2011), Center for Contemporary Art, NM (2011), Kesting Ray, NY (2010), Art in General, NY (2010), ArtBasel Miami, FL (2009), and Deitch Projects (2006). She has been a resident at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Wayne State University and Vermont Studio Center. Hoffman was nominated for the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
Zaq Landsberg is a Brooklyn based artist. He has shown his work internationally and has lectured in New York City, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Baltimore, and Chicago. His past projects have included a giant cowering piñata and a 1:1 scale Stealth Fighter covered in Astroturf. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, he holds a BFA from NYU. He specializes in large scale, site-specific sculptures, absurd objects and potentially treasonous conceptual art projects.
Juliana Cerqueira Leite completed an MFA Sculpture at London’s Slade School of Fine Art in 2006, followed by an MA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Art. She has since exhibited her work internationally with recent group shows in Lithuania, California and London including Newspeak at the Saatchi Gallery, Bold Tendencies IV at the Hannah Barry Gallery, the 4th Marrakech Biennial and recently a solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome. Juliana is recipient of the 2006 Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize and the 2010-11 A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship. Her work is held in private collections in New York and London. Juliana Cerqueira Leite’s work engages the history of figurative art. Leite makes use of physically demanding activities such as digging, rolling, climbing, and falling, to resolve sculptural concerns, approaching these themes also through drawings, photography and video.
Vered Sivan has been living and working in New York since 2005. Sivan is represented by Rooster Gallery New York, where she last had a multidisciplinary solo exhibition composed of performance, installation, photography, video and sculpture. Sivan holds a BFA by the Tel Aviv University, Israel and MFA Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She was a resident at the Instituto Sacatar, Bahia Brazil with a scholarship granted by UNESCO/Aschberg. Sivan has shown at Perry Rubinstein Gallery, Rooster Gallery NY, Scope International Art Fair, Rush Arts Gallery, Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art Israel, Photosynthesis Gallery tel Aviv and more. Sivan is scheduled for a solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Castelo de Vide, Portugal.