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Object Lessons Reception
September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Artists: Michelle Bui, Lizzy De Vita, Lucia Hierro, Ella Dawn McGeough, Sreshta Rit Premnath
Curated by Jacqueline Mabey
Box Gallery, Express Newark, Rutgers University – Newark
54 Halsey St, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102
Exhibition is on view June 20, 2019 through January 2020
“When we talk about an object of desire, we are really talking about a cluster of promises we want someone or something to make to us and make possible for us.”
– Lauren Berlant, “Cruel Optimism”
“Object Lessons” considers desire, the meaning we invest into things, and the pull they exert on us.
MICHELLE BUI holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montréal and a Master of Fine Arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions including Rêverie, Projet Pangée, Montréal; Appareillage, Vu Photo Ville de Québec; Playlist, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montréal; Coetus Floreus, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie de l’ Université du Québec à Montréal and Parisian Laundry, Montréal. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Circa, Montréal and a group show at Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée, Montréal.
LIZZY DE VITA is an artist, writer and discussion curator who lives and works in Brooklyn. De Vita’s work occupies a constellation of media, including performance, text, sound, drawing, installation, video and sculpture. Diverse in form, the work is unified by an underlying interest in viral moments: places where the boundaries between ourselves and others are blurred. De Vita earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College, New York and her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Extended media at Yale University, New Haven.
LUCIA HIERRO is a Dominican American conceptual artist born and raised in New York City. Hierro’s work explores the body as a collection of fragmented signifiers that includes language, taste, and culture. Hierro addresses these ideas across a broad platform of techniques that include digital media, collage, and felt constructions. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, New Haven. She has exhibited in group shows at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn; Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling, New York; and Paris Photo, amongst others. Hierro recently had her first solo show in New York at Elizabeth Dee Gallery in Harlem and her first solo show in the Dominican Republic at Casa Quien Gallery. She has participated in artist residencies including Artist in the Market, Bronx Museum; Red Bull Arts, Detroit; Fountainhead Residency, Miami; Casa Quien, Santo Domingo; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs. Her work is included in the collections of JP Morgan Chase, New York, and Bob Rennie, Vancouver. She lives and works in the Bronx.
ELLA DAWN MCGEOUGH is an artist interested in relays. Her practice involves making, writing, organizing, and teaching. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Guelph, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at York University, Toronto. Recently, her work has been presented at Goodwater Gallery, Toronto; 2nd Kamias Triennial, Quezon City; Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto; Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College; and Forest City Gallery, London, among others. McGeough has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; Flaggfabrikken, Bergen; and Trelex, Puerto Maldonado. Since 2014, she has facilitated Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thons at numerous venues. Her writing has been published by Arsenal Toronto, Public Journal, Moire, C Magazine, ESP, Open Studios, and Susan Hobbs. She is from the unceded territory of Vancouver, Canada and lives in Toronto, Canada.
SRESHTA RIT PREMNATH is a multidisciplinary artist and the founder and co-editor of the publication Shifter. He has had solo exhibitions at Gallery SKE, Bangalore; Art Statements, Art Basel; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Ace Gallery, Los Angeles; Rodriguez Gallery, Poznan; Kansas Gallery, New York; Nomas Foundation, Rome; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and has an upcoming solo exhibition with a monograph at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Queens Museum; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong; and Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubai. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Art at The Cleveland Institute of Art, his Master of Fine Arts at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn. Premnath is the Director of the undergraduate Fine Arts program at Parsons, New York.
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