Ensilicated PowerPoints
by Laura Miller

Opening July 26th, 6-8pm
Performances begin at 7pm
(The audience is advised to arrive in advance of the 7pm start time, and remain for the duration of the 7pm-8pm performance series.)

Torrance Shipman is excited to present Ensilicated PowerPoints, first solo show by Laura Miller. The exhibition opens on July 26th with an evening of three PowerPoint performances presented in the context of a ceramic installation based upon the concept of an inside-out urn. The first performance explores cognitive training, the second performance with Daniela di Donato uncovers a secret to success from a new novel re-envisioning the epic poem of Beowulf in present day Tuscon, Arizona, and the third performance features Armen Enikolopov in presenting their collaborative work of towering sculptural uncertainty titled Two Up.

Merging ancient burial techniques with digital business presentation technology, Ensilicated PowerPoints presents an earnest wrestling with capital limitations posed by the fragility of clay and the temporal light of the projector.

The title refers to the process by which Laura Miller coats PowerPoint presentations in ceramic material (ensilcation) to make them digestable and spiritually pungent. At Torrance Shipman Laura will push the Microsoft PowerPoint program to near destruction by compressing the frames of projected presentation. Ceramics encase the presentation as both a stage for performance, and ritual objects forged through collective meaning expounded upon during the presentations. Miller’s unique use of clay form combined with ink finishing techniques forge playfully dense objects which obsess over ceramic’s material tactility.

Laura Linda Miller lives and works in New York City. Her studio is currently in the South Bronx. MFA ’13 Columbia University. MSPPM ’11 Carnegie Mellon University. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Opening Reception: Saturday April 26th, 4-7pm

Show runs through May 17th

Michael Assiff
Daniela Di Donato
Madeline Hollander
Bryan Jabs
Tracy Molis
Claudio Nolasco
Bill Santen
Clare Torina
Lika Volkova
Abby Walworth

Michael Assiff’s "30 Days to Protect Whales", is an air vent from an ongoing sculptural series in which he works with emails from Greenpeace that address ecological crises taking place globally. Assiff was born in 1983 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received a AA from St. Petersburg College in 2004 where he studied cultural anthropology and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 where he studied painting. He has recently shown at Culture Room, Good Weather, Louis B. James and University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He lives and works in New York City.

Daniela Di Donato’s piece, "JK Travelmate", is part of an ongoing project that relates to the precarious system of social environments ruled by technology and its effect. Elements taken from working and leisure environments are recombined and juxtaposed with elements belonging to nature. “JK Travelmate” is a portrait of Jon Kessler, as it moves, like Jon swinging his neck…

Madeline Hollander’s “Gesture Archive” is a collection of 80 video portraits that illuminate, abstract, and re-assemble everyday gestures, movements, reflexes and poses that compose our physical vocabularies. Hollander is an artist and dancer who choreographs films to move the viewer into the frame of the composition and explores ways of extending choreography beyond the realms of dance and the human form. She has performed and collaborated with choreographers, architects, and artists internationally and lives and works in New York City.

Bryan Jabs’ “Mysterious Freebie #1” is a collection of rolled posters, casually leaning against the wall as an offer to the viewer. Bryan Jabs was born in Bermuda, grew up in Virginia, and is currently working and living in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.

Tracy Molis (b. Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, performance and video. Upcoming projects include a performance event curated by Jens Hoffman at the Jewish Museum NY, in conjunction with “Other Primary Structures”. Molis has exhibited in The Whitney Houston Biennial, Cabinet Magazine Events, and The Center for Performance Research in NYC, The Pitch Project in Milwaukee, ReMap4 in Athens, Greece, and Beaubourg 268 in San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship for attendance at Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art. She earned an MFA at Columbia University in 2011, and is currently based in New York.

Claudio Nolasco presents a work from his series “Yet Another Country”, a photographic exploration of America. Nolasco is a Dominican-born Photographer working primarily in the documentary genre. Nolasco has exhibited at such galleries as Art in General in New York City, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA and the Miami Dade College Art Gallery in Miami, Fl. He was the recipient of the Benjamin Menschel fellowship award in photography and received the Toby Devan Lewis award in 2012. Nolasco holds a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2004 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2012.

Bill Santen contributes "Best Friends", a16mm color film animation transferred to HD video. Best friends (2014) is a 16mm stop motion animation celebrating the lives of three dead friends. The films begins when a record mysteriously starts to spin. As sounds emerge, three skeletons appear, dressed in their death clothes. As the spirits dance, their movements dissolve the physical record. The life cycle is complete when a new song emerges from the spinning bones. Santen received his MFA from the School of the Arts at Columbia University, New York in 2011. Santen has shown both locally and abroad, including shows at Queens Museum of Art, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in NY, the Overgaden Museum of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, and Cleopatra’s in Berlin. Santen is currently working on 16mm animations and researching a film project in the North Bronx.

Clare Torina is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in painting. Torina, b.1985 in Eugene, OR, received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo and two-person exhibitions include the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, and Forum+ in Bruges among multiple group exhibitions in Chicago and Memphis. In 2008, Torina was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend Yale Summer School of Art in Norfolk, CT. In 2012, she was awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.

Lika Volkova creates mobile sculptures for pickpockets, delinquents, and communitarians. Working in the legacy of critical design and collective production, Volkova brings the dark humor of a childhood spent collecting cigarette butts in the USSR to a lingering hope for communitarian subjectivity. Since 2004 Volkova has produced mobile sculptures for SANS (www.sans.name), a line of free pattern distribution, works exchanged for barter, and photography that aims to re-order desire. Volkova has been recognized with an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and the On/Off Visionary Award.

Abby Walworth is an artist living and working in New York City. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in Political Science and Human Rights Studies in 2012. In 2012, Walworth was awarded the Mortimer Hays Brandeis Travelling Fellowship and lived in Lima, Perú for one year. In Lima she studied the local art of chicha posters, which employs the use of hand cut paper stencils and silkscreen to make graphic concert advertisements. By fusing the chicha aesthetic with a personal language of symbols and text she seeks to create modern talismans that evoke both youthful nostalgia and religious awe.

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ARTICULATE: a reading of conceptual writing

Amy Benson
Scott Geiger
Dale Megan Healey
Melody Nixon
Evangeline Riddiford Graham

Saturday, April 5th, 7pm
Torrance Shipman Gallery

Curated by Melody Nixon and Irini Miga

In dialog with the exhibition: NO RULES CAN RULE WHEN THE DOORS ARE CLOSED
Ashley Carter was born in New York City. She received her BFA in sculpture from California College of the Arts and her MFA from Columbia University. Her sculptures record and suspend moments of dislocation in materials, images, space and perception. In her work, she uses the photograph as both a placeholder of the absent body as well as a glorified representation of ideals to uphold. Ashley Carter lives and works in New York.

Joe Graham-Felsen was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. He recieved his BFA in Film/Animation/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his MFA in Sculpture from the Yale School of Art. Graham-Felsen makes work that investigates the human and political systems of control and power. By manipulating images, architecture, and history he disrupts the conventions of an art viewing experience to create a complicated interface between the real and the possible. He recently had his first solo show at The Still House Group in Brooklyn, NY. He has been included in group shows throughout the US. Graham-Felsen is also the co-founder of Top Top Studio, an artist run studio, workshop, and exhibition space in Brooklyn, NY.

Ian Warren is from Ipswich, a small fishing town on the north shore of Massachusetts. Before moving to New York, he lived in Northeast Ohio and spent his time working for a carpenter, making art, and riding his bike past endless cornfields. Warren’s sculptures, videos and performances present his meditations on the experience of being male through storytelling and personal myth-making. These visual narratives investigate sexuality, rugged individualism and social conditioning. He has exhibited in the United States as well as in Berlin, Istanbul and Beijing. In 2009, Warren was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He was awarded the Jacob K. Javits fellowship in 2011, and his MFA from Columbia University in 2012.

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In Phillip K. Dick’s 1969 novel The Galactic Pot-Healer, an alien blob-shaped god called Glimmung selects a large group of disenchanted pan-galactic technical experts and transports them to his planet in order to challenge his fate. He requires the experts’ help to raise a sunken cathedral from the bottom of the local ocean. He cannot do it alone. In order to help him, they must enter his blob-shaped body and join his mind. Upon entering Glimmung they experience anxiety, fear and panic. But after the task is finished, they realize the allure of the telepathic communion that the group-mind offered. To their surprise, they find that inside Glimmung they feel no loneliness. At this point Glimmung gives the experts free will to leave the blob/body/mind. Everyone decides to stay, except an alien gastropod historian and the only Earthling in the group, the pot-healer Joe Fernwright.

Empathy might be close to telepathy. Art makes me feel its communiqué, throwing itself into the blob between us. Socially telepathic overlays emerge from the waters over time. The artists in this show include my old friends, new friends and near strangers. Together their energy and clarity of vision make me feel like I am part of something, whatever that means.

-Matthew Fischer
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