Area residents and visitors are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Program and Reception on Monday, June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The restaurant sponsor is Leaf, Loaf & Ladle at Resources for Independent Living, 1607 Genesee Street in Utica.
The community will have the opportunity to view intriguing contemporary sculptures and installations in a wide range of media by emerging artists: Mona Aghababaee (Esfahan, Iran), Rachel de Joode (Amersfoot, Netherlands), Mia Feuer (Washington D.C. and Manitoba, Canada) and Meghan Gordon (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:
Mona Aghababaee is an artist who lives and works in Iran. Most of her works are based on historical events and social issues in her homeland. She uses different mediums to explore new possibilities for her challenges in human and gender. Abstraction in some of her work is a means of transformation to educe hidden meaning through allusion. Mona has received a MA in Art from the Art university of Tehran. She has taught at the Esfahan, Bozorgmehr and Sepehr Art Universities in Esfahan. She has participated in more than fifteen group exhibitions in Iran, Australia, and England. In 2009, she has achieved the Damon Courtney Memorial Young Sculpture Prize for her sculpture in Sydney, Australia. She participated in the Sixth National Biennial of Sculpture of Tehran in 2011 and the Urban Sculpture Biennial at the Barg Gallery in 2010.
Rachel de Joode, from Amersfoort, Netherlands, studied time-based arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. She currently lives and works in Berlin. De Joode creates installations, sculptures, photographs and performances. Her work addresses an object’s ability to transfer and measure what she calls "our humanness." Among others, de Joode has exhibited at: CEAC in Xiamen, the Herzliya Biennial, Giant Bowl in Oslo, Yautepec Gallery in Mexico DF, Kunstihoone in Tallinn and the Kunsthall in Bergen. Currently her work will be shown at MACO (Mexcio City’s Art Fair). Her work has been published in numerous art publications, such as NY Arts Magazine, Picnic, Vorn, It’s Nice That, VVORK. She is founder and art director of online magazine ‘META’ and founder and curator of the art auction house de Joode & Kamutzki.
Mia Feuer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and her MFA in 2009, from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mia has received numerous travel/research, production and creation grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and The Lila Acheson Readers Digest Foundation. In 2007, supported by The Winnipeg Arts Council, she traveled to Palestine to facilitate sculptural workshops in the West Bank with Palestinian children. In 2009, she received a full two-month fellowship at Vermont Studio Center and a two-month fellowship at Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT. In 2010, Mia received a fellowship from the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts, Baltimore, MD, a fellowship with the Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY and a fellowship at The Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. In 2011 Mia was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NB and was a selected artist for the Lower East side Artist Alliance Rotating Studio Program in New York, NY. She has recently conducted sculptural research in Egypt during the 2011 Revolution and traveled to Fort McMurray Alberta in Northern Canada to explore the toxic Tar Sands and the oil refineries at Suncor Energy. Solo exhibitions include Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada FLUXspace, Philadelphia, PA, Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, The Firehouse Gallery, Burlington, VT and The Contemporary Arts Center of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, Conner Contemporary, Washington, DC and the Goodyear Gallery in Carslile, PA. Mia currently lives and works in Washington, DC where she makes art, teaches sculpture at George Mason University.
Meghan Gordon paints, sculpts and performs queries into the merits of the museum as an authoritative source. Born in New York and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Gordon lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Gordon has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Leon Levy Foundation, the Victorian Society of America, and the Florence Leif Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at Sculpture Space (NY), the Guangdong Times Museum (China), the Dieu Donné Papermill (NY), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (NY), the Winter Workspace Program at Wave Hill (NY), Art342 (CO), the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Seven Below Arts Initiative (VT), the Fine Arts Work Center (MA), and at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center (NE). Gordon’s most recent solo show at the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, explored the history of the estate using the artist and explorer Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh (1853-1935) as a conduit to connect historical and architectural fragments of information.
About Sculpture Space:
Sculpture Space is an international artist in residence program, the only one 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 by placing works in the public domain, hosting studio tours, and collaborating with other organizations to exhibit artists’ projects. Several hundred artists apply annually. Twenty national and international artists are accepted each year to enjoy two-month residencies. They receive stipends, 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.