LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- SculptureCenter
is preenting Now Showing: Jessi Reaves. Now Showing is a program that highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building and is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to audiences.
Operating as both furniture and sculpture, New York-based Jessi Reavess unique sofas, tables, shelving, and other functional objects often look as if they have been turned inside out. The elements that are normally concealed or insidesuch as foam cushions, stains, hardware, plywood, and other structural supportsinstead become the primary textures and shapes for her works. In her pieces, the utilitarian and decorative aspects of furniture are recombined into new compositions that create their own logic and reveal their biography as a thing. For Now Showing, Reaves presents a chair and ottoman set, an artwork as well as a comfortable seat.
Jessi Reaves (born 1986 in Orgeon) has been included in group exhibitions such as Natural Flavor at Ludlow 38, New York (2015); Pavillon de LEsprit Nouveau: A 21st Century Show Home at Swiss Institute, New York (2015); and American Basketry at Bed Stuy Love Affair, New York (2014). She will present her first solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, New York in April 2016.
SculptureCenter is also presenting the first solo institutional exhibition by Rochelle Goldberg. Born in Vancouver, Canada, she is currently based in New York City.
Goldberg stages sculptural topographies composed of living, ephemeral, and synthetic materials, such as crude oil and chia seeds, in combination with ceramic and steel. Transformation is enacted through her continuously evolving terrains, and further represented through the hybrid impressions of synthetic snakeskin and fingerprints. Molting and shape shifting, Goldbergs work challenges the fixity of the art object. For her exhibition at SculptureCenter, Goldberg is hand rendering human-scaled sculptures in ceramic and steel that are evocative of hybrid fish forms and other motifs, enacting a psychological narrative around our post-industrial age.
The exhibition takes place in SculptureCenters lower level galleries. It is curated by SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib and is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.