Tuesday, January 27, 8 PM: Aki Sasamoto


PERFORMANCE IS A CRAFT and not a right, as some artists and related others would have audiences think. Artist/performer Aki Sasamoto, however, is a rare example of someone for whom performance is both craft and right, and her latest show… is yet more proof of her uncommon expertise over this slippery medium. — Jennifer Krasinski, Artforum

Aki Sasamoto works in sculpture, performance, dance and whatever other medium it takes to get her ideas across. In her installation/performance works, Sasamoto moves and talks inside the careful arrangements ofsculpturally-altered objects to activate the bizarre emotions behind daily life.  Her works appear in gallery spaces, theater spaces and in odd sites. These works have been shown at the Kitchen, Chocolate Factory Theater, Soloway, Whitney Biennial 2010 at Whitney Museum, Greater New York 2010 atMOMA-PS1, New York; Mori Museum, Take Ninagawa, YokohamaTriennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; and numerous other international and domestic venues. She has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, mathematicians and scholars. She is also a co-founder of the nonprofit interdisciplinary organization, Culture Push Inc.

Sasamoto received her BFA for Wesleyan University in 2004 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2007.  She is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at the Mason Gross School of the Art at Rutgers University.









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Tuesday, January 20, 8 PM: Matthew Buckingham

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Bulglar Alarm, 2008, Pine wood, glue, nails

Until the end of the 19th century house-builders and stair carpenters occasionally included a passive “alarm” system in the homes they built—a “trip-step” rising a few inches higher than the other steps—that would cause an unwary and unknowing intruder to stumble in the night and awaken slumbering occupants. The idea was adapted from an earlier military defense strategy used by medieval stone masons who constructed uneven steps in castle stairwells hoping to thwart invading foreign armies.

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Utilizing photography, film, video, writing, audio, and drawing, Matthew Buckingham’s work questions the role of social memory in contemporary life. His projects create physical and social contexts that invite viewers to reconsider what is most familiar to them.

He has presented solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum; Camden Arts Centre, London; the Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, among others.

His work is included in the collections of K21, Düsseldorf; The Museum of Modern Art, New York
; Tate Modern, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the 
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; 
and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

He has been a resident at Artpace, San Antonio; the DAAD, Berlin, The Freund Fellowship, St. Louis; IASPIS, Stockholm and received fellowships from Apparatus, Art Matters, the New York Foundation for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

He taught at the Malmö Art Academy of Lund University, Sweden, from 2003 to 2010 and was appointed Associate Professor of Visual Art here at Columbia University in 2013.

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Tuesday, December 2, 8 PM: Matthew Brannon

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“Brannon is best known for his elegant letterpress prints, which the artist contrarily, or confidently, makes in editions of one. These are characterized by simple graphic images of lobsters, martini glasses, cigarettes, bottles of wine – ‘adult pacifiers’, as Tumlir puts it – and fruit bowls, steak knives, chessboards – ‘the heraldry of the metropolitan subject’. The prints look neat, polite and New Yorker-ish, though the images are accompanied by despairing, often passive-aggressive fragments of text that mimic the effect of an advertisement or a movie poster: ‘This year tell her you love her all over again. With a grab bag of diamonds. With mouthfuls of caviar.’ Or: ‘You keep the art. It’s all shit anyway. I’ll take the house.’” – Laura McLean-Ferris, ArtReview
Brannon studied at the University of California graduating with a BA in 1995, and completed his MFA in 1999 at Columbia University in New York. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Badischer Kunstverein in Germany, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, the Royal Academy in London, and MAK in Vienna. He is represented by David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles and Office Baroque in Brussels, Belgium.

Brannon will be giving studio visits with Cole Sayer and Bryan Jabs.
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Tuesday, November 18, 8 PM: JJ PEET



Machine_Gun_lover, 2014

JJ PEET (born 1974) utilizes a multitude of processes including ceramics, drawing and video in the investigation of current affairs, civil protests, class and power.

He was recently in the show “Satan Ceramics” at Salon 94 in New York and is preparing for an upcoming solo exhibitions next year at the Contemporary Austin titled “BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_”.

He received his M.F.A. from Yale University and is a former artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch where he know teaches as a visiting artist. His work is represented by Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles and On Stellar Rays, New York. JJ teaches Contemporary Ceramics at Columbia University.



JJ will be giving studio visits with August Vollbrecht and Jenny Cho.

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Thursday, November 6, 8 PM: Rochelle Feinstein


The Estate of Rochelle F., fabric, paper, drop cloth, stretcher, 2009


Untitled #1, Oil and graphite on canvas, 2013

Rochelle Feinstein was raised in Queens, New York, and lives and works in New York. Rochelle has received numerous prestigious grants and residency fellowships in honor of her broad practice that spans painting, photography, installation, and video. Recent awards and residencies include the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Purchase Prize, Anonymous Was a Woman Grant, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Rochelle has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Centre d’arte Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland in January 2016, and has had recent solo exhibitions at On Stellar Rays and Higher Pictures in New York City, and her work was also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Rochelle was appointed to Yale Faculty in 1994 and is the director of graduate studies in painting and printmaking.  She received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1978.

Rochelle will be giving studio visits to Ioana Manolache and Brooke Holloway.


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Tuesday, October 28, 8PM: David Altmejd

The Center, 2008
David Altmejd (born 1974) is known for his intricate and highly worked room-size installations and sculptures. Seamlessly moving between a variety of aesthetic modes–from an almost ascetic minimalism in works employing plaster and mirror to works teeming with accumulations of various objects–Altmejd’s work offers carefully wrought meditations on the cycles of life and death, interiority and exteriority, sexuality and spirituality.
David Altmejd has shown widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His major solo exhibition “Flux” just opened this October at the Musee d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris in France.

David received his MFA in 2001 here at Columbia University and his BFA in 1998 at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada.
David will be giving studio visits with Stephen Jackson, Angelica Teuta, and J.P. Mot.
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Tuesday, October 21, 8PM: Laurel Nakadate

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Lucky Tiger #35, 2009

Laurel Nakadate is an American photography and video artist living in New York City. Her work engages themes of seduction, power, loss, intimacy and betrayal. She explores the possibilities and limits of sexuality and gender roles. In her most recent work she attempts to trace her genealogy through photographs of distant relatives. Nakadate is also writer and director of the films, “Stay the Same Never Change” from 2009 which was an official selection at Sundance Film Festival, and “The Wolf Knife,” from 2011. Nakadate’s work has been shown at MoMA PS1, in a 2005 survey of emerging artists, “Greater New York,” and with a solo show, “Only the Lonely,” in 2011. She received her MFA from Yale University where she is currently a lecturer.



Laurel will be giving studio visits with Cy Gavin and Rachel Stern

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Tuesday, October 14, 8PM: Amanda Alfieri

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Still from 2pacalypse Now, 2013



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Amanda Alfieri is a performance and video artist working in New York City. In 2011 she was possessed by Tupac Shakur, an event on which she based the majority of her subsequent work. Alfieri uses her body as the subject of her work, often changing and manipulating it. She is a graduate of Skowhegan School of painting and drawing and Columbia University.
Clifford Owens has said Alfieri is “one of the most interesting and exciting young artists working in New York City. Her work is authentic, unapologetic, “real,” raw, and goose-bump-beautiful. I’m surprised that more artists and curators don’t know about her work, they should. I’m not sure if this artist would claim to be either a feminist artist or a Latina artist, but it seems to me that her work decidedly disrupts both narrow notions of creative and political agency. I think her work challenges viewers to think about ‘the other’ and a woman in ways that are uncommon, unconventional, and uncomfortable. I can think of very few young women (or men) in New York City who make trans-disciplinary art that’s this good.”

Click here for Amanda Alfieri’s Website 

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Tuesday, October 7th, 8 PM: Amber Hawk Swanson


Amber Doll > Tilikum, 2011

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To Hold, Bibbidi Bobbidi (After), large format c-print

Amber Hawk Swanson (b. 1980, Davenport, Iowa) is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City. Hawk Swanson holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Studio Arts, 2006) and is a recipient of a 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund Grant.

Recent exhibitions and screenings include Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Denny Gallery (NYC), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), and Locust Projects (solo, Miami).Recent residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC, Workspace (NYC), MacDowell  (New Hampshire), Yaddo (New York), Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (NYC), Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (Maine), Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACA (Florida, curated by Coco Fusco), and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (NYC).

In Amber Doll > TILKUM, Hawk Swanson transforms her identical, life-like sex doll into a replica of a killer whale who lives in captivity and has killed three people. She conducted the ten-day 50-hour transformation alone, but broadcasted it on Livestream to an audience of 33,100 worldwide.

Amber Hawk Swanson’s Website

Performance Artist Censored and Banned on Ustream Because of Doll Nudity

Winners of the Studio Visit Lottery:
Talia Link and Patrice Helmar
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Tuesday, September 30th, 8 PM: Nick van Woert

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Checkout Nick van Woert’s website here!

Informed by his background in architecture and driven by a fascination with antiquity, Nick van Woert claims to “hijack” the art historical past to create his striking, wry sculptures. A strong sense of history—both natural and human—unites his prolific output. He cites Vitruvius, the early Roman architect who was inspired by nature, as a significant influence. Like an urban archaeologist, van Woert combs through the convenience stores, factories, and dumpsters in Brooklyn to source materials for his sculptures, which he then re-presents in elegant works like Home and Garden (2011). In this work, van Woert fills transparent rectangular containers with a colorful assortment of consumer and industrial products—including Kool-Aid, a Dunkin Donuts billboard, salt, and hair gel—and stacks the containers to form two perpendicular walls that look like exposed geological strata.

Nick van Woert (born 1979) is an American artist from Reno, Nevada. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied architecture (BArch) at the University of Oregon and Fine Arts (MFA) at Parsons the New School for Design in New York.

All-Star Cast: Up-And-Comer Nick Van Woert’s Sculptures Get Inside Your Head

Now Showing | Nick van Woert’s ‘No Man’s Land’

Faux-Finished to the Core: Q+A With Nick Van Woert

Jenny Cho and Ektor Garcia won the studio visit lottery, congrats y’all!



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