“I was born into a family that loved language and used it musically. And lyrically. My grandfather walked around the house reciting Shakespeare. My grandmother walked around reciting Paul Lawrence Dunbar. My mother introduced me to Poe and Whitman and Nikki Giovanni. I have always understood how available and how possible language is.”
Dominique Christina is an award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in four years, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. Her work is greatly influenced by her family’s legacy in the Civil Rights Movement and by the idea that words make worlds. She is the author of four books. Her third book, “This Is Woman’s Work”, published by SoundsTrue Publishing, is the radical exploration of 20 archetypal incarnations of womanness and the creative process. Her fourth book “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series award in 2017. She is a writer and actor for the HBO series High Maintenance and does branding and marketing for Under Armour.
This exhibition represents a new collaboration between Stand4 Gallery and IMA whereby hosting the digital archive, Stand4 Gallery becomes IMA and vice versa. This symbiotic relationship enhances each counterpart while implementing an additional layer of collaboration. As a fictional museum and performative project, IMA challenges the status quo on the social role of museums by engaging with its fictional structures of operation. It explores the tangible effects fictionality has in the social and economic world and suggests alternative models of exhibiting while sparking meaningful conversations. Its online form enables IMA to exist in several places at once and reach multiple audiences. It is neither real nor unreal, but can be read as a critical text. Its second form is performative: IMA is both artwork and museum. It can only exist through the hospitality of others.
“There is so much that I do not know, which affects the stories that I tell myself daily. My work isn’t about food, it’s about taste and the hierarchies that structure it.”
Stephanie J. Williams is a tinkerer and doodler. Her work primarily navigates hierarchies of taste, unpacking how “official” histories are constructed in order to understand contemporary social coding and the world around us. She received her MFA in Sculpture from RISD, has shown in Fictions, part of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s F-show exhibitions, as well as with Washington Project for the Arts, Grizzly Grizzly, |’sindikit |, Tephra ICA and the Walters Museum as a Sondheim Finalist (2019), with residencies at Sculpture Space (2021), Williams College (2021), the Corporation of Yaddo (2018, 2022), VCCA (2016), ACRE (2015), Elsewhere (2014), Wassaic (2014), School 33 (2018-present) and Vermont Studio Center (2006). Recent projects include support from a Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund Fellowship in Film and Media at Johns Hopkins (2020), Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance at Rutgers (Camden) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Women Filmmakers Festival. She currently teaches stop motion for Maryland Institute College of Art.
Kariann Fuqua received a BFA in painting from Kansas State University (1999) and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2003). Her professional career has traversed between academia and the museum world, which has shaped her interest in provenance research, cultural heritage, and exhibition design. For the past five years, she was a Lecturer in Visual and Dramatic Arts and the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice University in Houston, TX. There, she was part of a cohort of faculty that developed and taught courses in the museum studies minor while she was also teaching studio courses in drawing. Prior to joining the faculty at Rice, she was the inaugural Curator of Collections at George Mason University (2012–2014) in Fairfax, VA, and Professor of Foundations and Foundations Coordinator at Columbus State University in Georgia (2008–2011). Kariann has taught a broad range of studio courses in the fine arts, including drawing, painting, and design, but is most passionate about teaching foundational courses for the art major.
Having moved from one city to another quite frequently throughout her life, Kariann’s association with location and place has dominated her art practice. Her artwork explores complex relationships of mapping, space, and location, and most recently, how science and data intersect with ideas of control and chaos during natural and environmental disasters. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, and is in many public and private collections.
“… [I]n this post-colonial attempt to reconcile, I am looking for material remains of that which recall the shared and exchanged. I am therefore looking at spaces and places that were built between the 1870s and 1960s, as they hold within them physical evidence of what makes me familiar with Bombay, London, Hong Kong and Sydney all at once, whilst they speak of the time that has passed between then and now, in the alterations they have sustained.”
Vishwa Shroff’s artistic practise is firmly rooted in drawing, with a proclivity towards architectural forms that serve as compelling take-off points for a deeper contemplation on memory and our relationship with the material world. Her works seek to explore the narratives of lived experiences that lay embedded within surfaces. Shroff trained at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002 and at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. She has had seven solo exhibitions in India, UK and USA, including the recently concluded Folly Measures at Tarq, Mumbai as well as several group shows. She has participated in several artist residencies, most recently at the Swiss Cottage Library in Camden 2017, London and as been the recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists in 2011 and the Josuken Housing Research Grant in 2020 . Her work was part of TARQ’s presentation at India Art Fair 2017 and Art Basel Hong Kong 2018. Shroff is currently the co-director of SqW:Lab. She lives and works between Mumbai and Tokyo.
Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center is pleased to present the opening of Anna Hoberman: Collaborative Reading Space on Friday, April 9th from 7-9PM. The exhibition, curated by Stand4 Gallery Curator-in-Residence, John Ros, will be on view through May 22nd. There will be an Artist and Curator Gallery Talk held via Zoom on Saturday, April 24th from 4-5PM, which will be co-sponsored by studioELL.
Stand4’s THRESHOLD will be featuring two exhibitions as extensions of the discussion initiated by Collaborative Reading Space. First, Maryland Institute Black Archives, by Deyane Moses will be on view from April 9 – May 01, 2021, which will also open on Friday, April 9th, 7-9PM; and The Tale Tellers by Charlie Levine will be on view from May 8-22, 2021, with an opening reception on May 8th from 12-3PM. These THRESHOLD programs are curated and organized by John Ros and Sam Ros, and are co-sponsored by studioELL.
“As a person who’s used to living in a metropolis, I love the feelings of being alone in public, the interstitial spaces that are a necessity when we spend so much time getting from place to place, mostly in view of / in indirect contact with other people. I really miss, during the pandemic, the feeling of being in some random location and getting the news of a major event.”
Chloë Bass (born 1984, New York) is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011-2013), has recently concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015-2018), and will continue to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. She is currently working on Obligation To Others Holds Me in My Place, 2018-2022, an investigation of intimacy at the scale of immediate families.
Chloë received an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and a BA in Theatre Studies at Yale University. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens.
“With some of our projects, […] I think we saw some sparks as results, and in people who weren’t particularly seeing the world through an artistic lens before that interaction.”
— Natalia de Campos
Natalia de Campos is a multidisciplinary artist & activist from São Paulo, Brazil working in performance, video, sound, writing, interactive media, theater, and as an actor, theater director, producer, researcher, educator and translator. Natalia has lived in New York since 1998. She has a BA in History from the University of São Paulo, a professional license as an actor, and an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Since 1999, Natalia produces multidisciplinary performances with international collaborators, objects and solo works under the name of Syncretic Pleasures. Her works have been shown primarily in New York City and in São Paulo. Some venues include: Chashama 461 Gallery, Art in Odd Places: SENSE 2017; Festival de Música Estranha (São Paulo 2015); The Living Theater, 70th Anniversary Retrospective (SESC São Paulo 2017); Center for the Humanities, Graduate Center, CUNY (2019); El Museo del Barrio; DUMBO Arts Festival; solivagant gallery (Lower East Side, 2016). Natalia has shared a studio with Thiago Szmrecsányi since 2001. She has taught Portuguese for 20 years at schools and independently and was an assistant teacher at New York’s School of Visual Arts City As Site Program.
Thiago Szmrecsányi is a Brazilian visual artist primarily working as a sculptor and in social interactions. Thiago has been living in NY since 1994. He holds a BA from Hunter College and is the recipient of the Artists Space Independent Project Grant for his curatorial work insert produced for the Cuchifritos Gallery and the Essex Street Market. Recent exhibits include: Território Transitório at Sé Galeria, São Paulo, 2015 (solo), Jamaica Flux 2016, Colosseum Mall and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 2016 (catalogue), ART&COM Re-location, Emma Thomas Gallery, Lower East Side/NY, 2016-17: and SP Arte 2017 at Emma Tomas Epicentro Jardins, São Paulo, 2017 Collective Bargain, Art in Odd Places, 14th Street, 2017; (C)art, Rufus King Museum, Jamaica, Queens, 2018, Playthings and Performing Objects, Art Gallery Staten Island College, 2019 (catalogue): Animated Objects and Resistant Bodies, Center for the Humanities, Martin Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019. Thiago also designs sets and spaces for performance. His design was shown at Chashama 461 Gallery, Harlem, The Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente Cultural Center, LES, The Connelly Theater, and at Hostos Theater. As an exhibition designer he has produced shows for the Henry Street settlement, the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, and others.
The studioELL Gallery provides our community with a rigorous and diverse dialogue within the fine art landscape. Multicultural, cross-generational and multi-faceted projects promote artists and curators from varied backgrounds, levels of training and mediums of interest. Working within studioELL’s ethos, this space builds community both inside and outside the classroom, highlighting discussions of process and practice, while bringing these conversations front and center.
In the past we have presented exhibits through our sister organization, galleryELL, as well as other community partners.
“…as a white, middle class, educated cis-gendered person my privilege has undoubtedly paved many paths for me over my life, some of which I see and am aware of, others not. Learning how to live with and see and acknowledge and manage and use my privilege for the good is a constant dialogue I have.”
Elly Clarke is a performer, photographer, and educator living between London and Berlin. She is interested in the impact of the digital on the physical and how it influences our relationship with ourselves and other people. Her multi-bodied identity #Sergina explores these ideas further, performing songs virtually and IRL about love and loneliness. Clarke’s practice often involves collaboration or participation, and many projects have a strong community focus with an emphasis on collecting and sharing stories via the mediums of video, audio and photography. She is also interested in finding alternative ways to sell art.
Clarke is a CHASE DTP funded PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited her photographic and audio work in the UK and internationally at venues that include The Lowry, Salford; Galerie Wedding, Berlin; ONCA, Brighton; and Soho20 Gallery, NYC, with upcoming projects in Canada and Denmark. She has lectured at many institutions including University of Reading; Academy of Media Arts Cologne; Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne; Central School of Speech and Drama, London; and for a year was Senior Lecturer in Photography at Coventry University.
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