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Program

Nov 5, 2016 5:30 PM - Dec 9, 2016

Fulbright Alumnae Exhibition

Selected works by Anna Adler, Carolanne Patterson and Petra Valentova

 

 

Exhibition Opening NOVEMBER 5, 5:30PM in the Gallery

This Fulbright Alumnae Exhibition is composed of work inspired by but not limited to the artists’ Czech-American Fulbright experience, as well as more tangential recent explorations. Through these works the artists collect and recollect what it means to make work across borders, transgressing cultural barriers; embracing the ever shifting landscapes of identity and place.

Anna Adler’s selection of images, objects, and text, weave together a loose narrative of friends and lovers, real and abstract relationships formed, broken, and repaired, in the last several years. Genuinely interested in pushing the boundaries of closeness and distance, Adler examines ideas of proximity, pain, sex, love, and loss. She is concerned with human connection and ever shifting identity, or the breakdown and reconstruction thereof. While in Prague, Adler’s masked walks embraced and exaggerated the position of the insider/outsider, while group performances such as ‘Band Practice’ engaged participants and audience members in ritualized role play, critiquing ideas of consumption, power, excess, and how culture is imported/exported.

Carolanne Patterson's work examines, breaks down, and reconstructs manmade and natural objects, creating an environment of mysterious origin. Photographs of lemons, pinecones and balloons in the California desert embrace an interest in research and experimentation, questioning what happens to objects in prolonged arid landscapes and sunshine. Paintings of cars left abandoned in the sun and dirt for many years reflect the curious condition of decay and how things break down to become objects of deteriorating interest.

Petra Valentová’s ‘Heads’ reflect on loneliness and isolation. The original ‘Heads’ were created during her studies at Hunter College, CUNY, and are a direct result of her experiences in NYC, as part of the Fulbright postgraduate scholarship. Her most recent watercolor and acrylic paintings, created in summer 2016, are inspired by the surroundings of her family’s farm in upstate NY and revisit the artist’s life 13 years later -- bringing her past experience into a current, more settled and stable space.

Valentová previously collaborated with the Czech Center in NY as a co-curator (Metaplay, 2014) and exhibiting artist (Melting the Pot, 2009).

 

Venue:

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Nov 5, 2016 5:30 PM
To: Dec 9, 2016

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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