Culture Connect Featured Event
Please join Franklin Street Works on Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm for a guided tour of the current group exhibition, The Sunken Living Room. Those in attendance will walk through the show with creative director, Terri C Smith, and four of the show’s exhibiting artists, Michael Bell-Smith, Jonah Emerson-Bell, Danna Vajda and Constantina Zavitsanos. While touring the three galleries, artists will discuss their works, including how videos and installations reflect themes in the exhibition and fit in with their overall practice. The evening will end with an open discussion and gathering in the café. Please join us for this free event that is open to the public – a unique opportunity to explore the current show with emerging figures in contemporary art today!
The Sunken Living Room, curated by Terri C Smith, is an exhibition of contemporary art that investigates the most recent economic recession. The show’s title simultaneously reflects the interior design phenomenon of the lightly stepped down or “sunken” living room, popular during the 1970s recession, and the crash of the housing market during the recession in 2008. Through a mix of documentation, observation, allegory, and autobiography, the twenty-four artists in this show lend unique perspectives to recent fiscal crises, tackling topics that include: labor, debt, the collapse of the housing market, post-industrial cityscapes, unemployment, and banking practices. The Sunken Living Room is on view through May 25, 2014. Exhibiting Artsits: Anya Sirota + Akoaki, Michael Bell-Smith, Andrea Bowers, Ingrid Burrington, Nancy Davenport, Kerry Downey, Jonah Emerson-Bell, Kevin Jerome Everson, Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, Olga Koumoundouros, Urich Lau, Mads Lynnerup, Kirby Mages, Rainger Pinney, Oliver Ressler and Ana Pečar, Sal Randolph, Danna Vajda, and Constantina Zavitsanos, with special projects by Alberta Cifolelli, Roxanne Faber Savage, Peter Donald Gramlich and Liz Squillace.
ABOUT PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Michael Bell-Smith in an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited and screened in museums and galleries internationally, including MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of The Moving Image, NY; SFMOMA, San Francisco; The 2008 Liverpool Biennial, UK; The 5th Seoul International Media Biennale; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, ES; The New Museum, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MoMA, NY; and Tate Liverpool, UK. His work has been featured in Art Forum, Art in America and the New York Times. He is an Assistant Professor of New Media at Purchase College.
Jonah Emerson-Bell is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. By using a variety of materials including found objects, bronze and neon, his work deals with themes ranging from history to humor, from economy to witchcraft. He was part of the Shadow Shop exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and his work was featured on the cover of the summer 2010 issue of Bookforum. He was involved in the Music Box project in New Orleans in 2011.
Danna Vajda is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent exhibitions include both institutional spaces and provisional, less institutional spaces.
Constantina Zavitsanos is an artist whose practice engages the sculptural surfaces and temporalities of performance, text, projection and sound. She works with concepts of intimacy, consent, and contraction--especially as related to debt and dependency. Zavitsanos attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and has shared work at Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, with Cage at MoMA PS1, and at the Hessel Museum at Bard College.