SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Now Showing: Jessi Reaves. Now Showing is a program that highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building and is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to our audiences.
Operating as both furniture and sculpture, New York-based Jessi Reaves’s unique sofas, tables, shelving, and other functional objects often look as if they have been turned inside out. The elements that are normally concealed or inside—such as foam cushions, stains, hardware, plywood, and other structural supports—instead become the primary textures and shapes for her works. In her pieces, the utilitarian and decorative aspects of furniture are recombined into new compositions that create their own logic and reveal their biography as a thing. For Now Showing, Reaves will present a chair and ottoman set, an artwork as well as a comfortable seat.
Jessi Reaves (born 1986 in Orgeon) has been included in group exhibitions such as Natural Flavor at Ludlow 38, New York (2015); Pavillon de L’Esprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home at Swiss Institute, New York (2015); and American Basketry at Bed Stuy Love Affair, New York (2014). She will present her first solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, New York in April 2016.
ON VIEW CONCURRENTLY
The Eccentrics, an international group show and performance program featuring Sanya Kantarovsky, Adriana Lara, Ieva Misevičiūtė, Eduardo Navarro, Jeanine Oleson, Georgia Sagri, Zhou Tao, and Tori Wrånes.
January 24–April 4, 2016
Rochelle Goldberg: The Plastic Thirsty, the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition.
January 24–April 4, 2016
Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution in Long Island City, NY dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new works and presents exhibitions by emerging and established, national and international artists. Our programs identify new talent, explore the conceptual, aesthetic and material concerns of contemporary sculpture, and encourage independent vision.
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This exhibition from the Hammer Contemporary Collection explores the domestic as a subject, material, or process in sculpture produced since the early 1990s. The artists—Judie Bamber, Tom Burr, Tony Feher, Mike Kelley, Ry Rocklen, and Collier Schorr—begin with banal or familiar objects and forms, transforming them into poetic works of art through juxtaposition and subtle alteration. Their works sit, stand, or hang at human scale, suggesting touch and engagement and referencing the body through an intimate address to the viewer.
This exhibition is organized by chief curator Connie Butler with Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, curatorial associate.