Area residents and visitors are invited to attend a free Works-in-Progress Program and Reception on Friday, November 16 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sculpture Space studio, 12 Gates Street, Utica. The reception sponsor is JCA of Utica, Inc.; appetizers provided by the Pulaski Meat Market.
The community will have the opportunity to view a diverse assortment of contemporary sculpture and installation by emerging artists Nicholas Fraser (Brooklyn, NY) and Miha Cojhter (Linz, Austria).
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 the how of contemporary artists: 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:
Nicholas Fraser was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He earned an MFA at the School of Visual Art and completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2008.
Fraser’s ephemeral installations were recently featured at the Flux Factory, the Bronx Art Space and in the exhibition Escape from New York in a former silk dying factory in Paterson, NJ. Two installations were also included in the 2009 Art in Odd Places Festival along 14th street. Fraser’s semi-invisible wall texts were featured in Mixed Messages at La Mama La Galeria and at Taller Boricua. His video work was included in PixelPops 2011 in Paris, Camagüey Festival of Video Art in Camagüey, Cuba, Videos on the Front at Interstate Projects in Brooklyn, Videophagy/Videofagia at Function13 & Hotshot Gallery in Toronto and in the Giguk Video Art Festival in Gießen, Germany. His work has been exhibited at Jack the Pelican Gallery (Brooklyn) and Brain Factory (Seoul) and Eyedrum Gallery (Atlanta).
Miha Cojhter (originally from Celje, Slovenia) is a Masters student at the Interface Cultures Lab at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. His work is based on finding spatial concepts and understanding the importance of public, private, virtual and real worlds. He integrates architectural and artistic approaches into his art. Furthermore, he thematizes serious issues of contemporary society by integrating them into his projects in a playful way.
His recent work includes projects in Austria and Slovenia such as Oriplayground, Drawing with the Sound, Touriscop, Nikoli Odrasle (Illustration for the picture book „uganke“), Pfarmer and The Secret of Quick Cutting.