Curated by Danielo Garcia / Presented by Open Projects @ The Java Project
When invisible currents meet at a given location the resulting convergence may trigger the bodily frequencies of an individual. Even after migrating from that location, this convergence may leave a lasting impression on us. We experience it, absorb it and it becomes part of us. Off-Site Channeling is a group show featuring works by Ekaterina Aksenova, Claire Falkenberg, Christina Martinelli and Alexa Punnamkuzhyil. These works may be read as the channeling to a certain location or unknowable state of being, leading to their particular physicality.
Ekaterina Aksenova works predominantly in the medium of sculpture and utilizes a wide range of materials such as paper, plaster, ceramic, wood, etc. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College, NYC in 2013. During the past years, Ekaterina participated in exhibitions in the NYC area as well as abroad in Russia and Japan. Her most recent works have been greatly inspired by the ideas of assimilation and inclusion. By examining personal identity, Ekaterina works attempt to inhabit the physical space and claim its interior with patterns made up of sections of the body. Born in Voronezh, Russia, she now lives and works in New York City.
Claire Falkenberg has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation; fellowships from Willapa Bay AiR, and Ucross Foundation; residencies from Vermont Studio Center, La Fragua Artist Residency, and Chashama North. Recent exhibitions include Dose Projects, Brooklyn, NY; Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto, Canada; Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, Canada; Inman Gallery, Houston, TX. Claire Falkenberg was born in Toronto, Canada, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Christina Martinelli received her MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 and her BA with a focus in Visual Art from Bennington College in 2008. She has exhibited at Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C.; Open Space, Baltimore, MD; Endless Chinatown, New York, NY; Pent House Gallery, Baltimore, MD and others. She has attended residencies at SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland (2016); The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE (2016); and The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY (2015). Born in New York City, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Alexa Punnamkuzhyil is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages the poetics of biological and social systems. Drawing on scientific inquiry and medical discourse, her work examines structures of sense and sensation between people, plants, animals and things. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Baltimore and raised in Northern California, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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