Form of Touch
Curated by: Becky Nahom
Artists: Cynthia Alberto, Colette Aliman, Yasunari Izaki, Elizabeth Jaeger, Leeza Meksin, Courtney Puckett, Brie Ruais, Martha Tuttle
Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: Friday, April 21, 2017, 6-9 pm
Exhibition dates: April 21-May 14, 2017
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Becky Nahom: email@example.com.
MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Form of Touch, an exhibition curated by Becky Nahom. Form of Touch is designed to allow audiences to physically and mentally experience art through the lens of contemporary craft. Artists Cynthia Alberto, Colette Aliman, Yasunari Izaki, Elizabeth Jaeger, Leeza Meksin, Courtney Puckett, Brie Ruais and Martha Tuttle all utilize materials, such as clay and fiber that render a sense of aliveness by exposing human imperfections of handwork and throwing the skills of object-making into question. The focus in Form of Touch is these artists’ use of materials that hold memories of their interactions with and relationship to the maker’s body.
Based on the experiential and labor-intensive properties of making the artwork included in Form of Touch, Nahom questions what qualities are made visible in the handmade. The exhibition space is intended to elicit an environment that allows for close inspection. It is important to recognize that advances in craft and technology have gone hand in hand since the beginning of civilization. Nahom argues that there has been a recent resurgence in the handmade in response to the rise of digital technologies. Yet the question remains: Are there perceivable qualities in artwork that can only be achieved through the interaction of the artist’s body with her or his materials and not by automation?
1. Elizabeth Jaeger, (detail) Jack Jaeger (Vessel #1-9), Portrait of a Man, 2016, Ceramic, blackened steel, magnetic sand, dimensions variable
2. Brie Ruais, (detail) Spreading Out From Copper Center, by Lizzie, 120lbs, 2016, Glazed ceramic, copper leaf, hardware, 52 x 54 x 1 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun.
3. Colette Aliman, (detail) Folded Land, a modular chaise lounger, 2016, Photo by Kate Reeder
4. Cynthia Alberto, (detail) Wearable Art Series II, 2015, Synthetic hair and cotton yarn
Works by Cynthia Alberto, Brie Ruais, Leeza Meksin
Image courtesy of Birdie Piccininni