Jan 13 - Feb 8th, 2014
Opening: Monday, Jan 13th, 7-10pm
Ben Hall • Salma Hassaan • Montana & Amelie Ray • m.stabio • Katie Vida
Curated by Maria Stabio
When a line is drawn, things change. Something is defined. A space is described and boundaries emerge.
In keeping with post modernist fashion, boundaries are always in flux. It is evident from recent events that the line between culture, politics and law is ever changing. How can these three components which are deceptively simple in definition be confused in a way which defies logic? The line between attacker and defender in the Trayvon Martin case. The line between terrorist and American Citizen in On The Media producer Sarah Abdurrahman’s account of returning to her home country after a trip to Canada. The line between common criminal and law abiding citizen in the ongoing Stop and Frisk debate. The seemingly insurmountable void between mass school shootings and effective gun control legislation. Culture affects law affects politics, but it's hard to clearly identify which is in operation in these examples.
Part of the challenge to the line question is to avoid being trapped by the lines themselves. With the selection of artists for this show, it was important to consider this. At first, it was obvious to follow thesis statement (above) with evidence (artists in show). Curators like to draw lines too. Instead, I’ve chosen to select artists who actively challenge the line as boundary through their practice. Now I’ve revealed my lines. Time to let the artists to draw theirs.
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is from Cairo, Egypt and studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. She is pursuing her passion for art as a Painting & Printmaking major, and also works in photography and sculpture. She has shown her work in Pecha Kucha V.3 in Qatar and participated in the making of a public mural project which was organized as part of the national “Doha Capital of Arab Culture” festival. Hassaan has also participated in student exhibitions in Qatar and Egypt.
is a feminist writer and a mom to Amadeus. Her work appears in Lana Turner Journal, La Petite Zine, BOMB Magazine, and Everyday Genius. Ray has made two artist books, untitled and Cenotaph, with painter Maria Stabio. She is also the author of (guns & butter), a collection of cake recipes and concrete poetry in the shape of guns published by Dancing Girl Press (2011); and the editor and translator a small collection of work by Spanish poet Francisca Aguirre, The Other Music: Selected Poetry from the 1970s, (Argos Books, 2011). Ray produces a podcast on translation and poetics for Circumference Journal and co-hosts the Brooklyn Ladies Text-based Salon.
has presented her work in Spain, Mexico, and the U.S. and is the street artist SUN-EE. She is blood brothers with J4kd. She is co-founder of "colectivo naciendo en fuego" with Patricia Otero and "colectiva ballena" with Kira Mardikes. She studied art in Prague, Olympia, New York, and Oaxaca though she particularly reps and currently divides her time between New Orleans, Mexico City and San Juan. Her work has been published in "Feast," "Noticias Oaxaca," "The Counter Point Journal," and on the covers of books by Montana Ray and Lalo Pavez. She's currently working on a mural comix series in Mexico City.
is Maria Stabio’s little sis.
is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Vida is the recipient of fellowships at VCUQatar Publishing Program, Yaddo, Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk. In 2010 she was a research fellow at The Budapest Puppet Theater where she studied post-revolutionary theater productions and traditional mask-making techniques. She has presented work at venues including: Primetime (Brooklyn, NY), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), and The Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA). Vida holds a MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.