April 7, 2011 — Area residents and visitors are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Program and Reception on Monday, April 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica, located nearby the Historic Brewery District. The reception is sponsored by Paris Hill Cat Hospital and Tom and Debra Rothwell, Paris NY. The restaurant sponsor is Symeon’s Greek Restaurant, Yorkville NY.
The community will have the opportunity to view exciting sculptural contemporary work in a wide range of media created by emerging professional visiting artists, Alberto Borea (Lima, Peru & Brooklyn, NY), Antoine Lefebvre (France & New York, NY), Keisha Luce (Franconia, NH) and Jayoung Yoon (Seoul, Korea & Brooklyn, NY). These artists have spent up to two months at Sculpture Space making new art.
“The art is original, experimental and cutting edge and always totally intriguing,” said Sydney L. Waller, Sculpture Space executive director. “The artists are articulate, inventive and delightful. They are each so different from one another, demonstrating a broad spectrum of approaches to contemporary art making. We hope the public will enjoy this glimpse into the creative process.”
About the Artists:
The newest arrival to the 35-year-old international artist residency program – that has been attracting professional artists to the Mohawk Valley since 1976 – is Alberto Borea. Alberto Borea was born in Peru and has studied painting in Argentina and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His awards include residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, ArtOmi International and the International Studio and Curatorial Studies Program. He has exhibited throughout New York, Spain, and Peru. Borea plans to construct a rainbow out of colored, plastic grocery and shopping bags while on his residency at Sculpture Space.
Antoine Lefebvre grew up in France and studied City Planning and Cinema before moving to New York in 2007. There he studied at Parsons the New School for Design where he received a Master in Fine Art in 2009. His work has been shown in various New York City galleries including Eye Level, The Kitchen, Envoy Gallery, and the Pulse Art Fair. Lefebvre’s projects stand halfway between geographic explorations and mechanical experiments that question our perception of space in the age of Internet.
Keisha Luce is from Franconia, NH and has earned her B.S. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. Luce has developed documentary sculpture as a vehicle to explore social, personal and historical issues. Her current work focuses on global citizens who have been shaped and altered physically by war and conflict. Recent projects have brought her to Vietnam to explore the continuing effects of Agent Orange, and most recently to Sierra Leone, West Africa to document the mass amputations that occurred during the civil war in the 1990’s. Luce has been the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Residency, a Dickey Center for International Understanding Award, an Ella Lyman Cabot Trust Grant, and a Reynolds Fellowship.
Jayoung Yoon was born in Seoul, Korea and earned her MFA in Painting from Hongik University in Seoul and a second MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work varies in format from video to photography, installation, and performance to deal with the perception of being present. She was awarded the Franklin Furnace Grant Fund. She has attended many Artist-in-Residence programs such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, and others in Utah, Florida, New York in USA, and Argentina. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the USA and Korea. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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.