Professor Karin Giusti Exhibition

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EXHIBITIONS // MEMBERSHIP // ARTIST STUDIO PROGRAM // DIRECTIONS & HOURS
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OPENING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 5-8PM:
TWO SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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OPEN STUDIOS

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Two Solo Exhibitions:
Karin Giusti
Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm

Michael Kukla

Jeskyne

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, September 26, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: September 26 – November 8, 2015
Smack Mellon is pleased to present Karin Giusti’s monumental installationHonorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm and Michael Kukla’s first large scale site-specific project Jeskyne.

Karin Giusti’s installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm addresses the emotions of grief and mourning in the public and private sphere. Using sculpture and photography, Giusti captures memories of her life at a remote farmhouse with her late partner Stephen G. Schwarz, a firefighter and 9/11 First Responder. Giusti’s method of photographing the site in the round creates an enclosed space not meant for living organisms, but rather for memories alone. The digitally stitched photographs are constructed into kaleidoscopic pillars lit from within; transforming Smack Mellon’s existing columns into rows of glowing sentinels, majestically standing guard within the darkened gallery.

Michael Kukla’s installation, Jeskyne (Czech for “cave”), also takes cues from the formidable effects of time and nature. Exploring the elasticity and permeability of an object’s surface, Kukla creates an immersive web of cellular forms blended seamlessly into the gallery’s architecture. Like large fossils, these hand sculpted monochromatic façades compress time into positive and negative space.

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Above image: Artwork by (clockwise from upper left): Nadia Awad, Donna Huanca,
Nyeema Morgan, Tyler Henry, Zachary Fabri, Chat Travieso, Lori Nix

Smack Mellon Open Studios
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, September 26, 5-8pm
Open Studios:
Saturday, September 26, 12-8pm

Sunday, September 27, 12-6pm

Participating Artists:
Nadia Awad, Zachary Fabri, Donna Huanca,

Nyeema Morgan, Lori Nix, Chat Travieso

Work Exchange Artist: Tyler Henry

Smack Mellon is pleased to offer the unique chance to enter the private studios of our 2015-2016 fellowship artists The artists will have their latest work-in-progress on view, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists in their studios all weekend.

The panelists that selected the 2015-2016 Smack Mellon Studio Artists were: Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, New Museum; Lisa Dent, Director of Resources & Award Programs, Creative Capital; Stamatina Gregory, independent curator and critic and Associate Dean of the School of Art at The Cooper Union.

Preliminary panelists were: Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Lauren Was of Ghost of a Dream, Dread Scott, and Suzanne Song, all former Smack Mellon Studio Artists.

More information about the Studio Artists can be found here.

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This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation, The O’Grady Foundation, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, many individuals and Smack Mellon’s Members.

Karin Giusti’s exhibition sponsors: Velcro America, Epson. Special thanks to: Mr. Stephen King and The Haven Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Gottlieb Foundation, The Artists’ Fellowship Inc., and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

The Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Jerome Foundation, Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts & Sciences, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., Select Equity Group Foundation, and Smack Mellon’s Members. Van Lier fellowships were awarded to Nadia Awad, Donna Huanca, and Chat Travieso.

Smack Mellon’s programs are also made possible with public funds from The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., The O’Grady Foundation, and Exploring The Arts.

Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.

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