Andy Slemenda & Katie Vida
March 5th, 2016 - May 14th, 2016
The Galveston Artist Residency is pleased to announce the opening of a two person exhibition featuring works by Andy Slemenda and Katie Vida in the GAR Gallery on March 5th, 2016. Please join us for an opening reception on March 5th from 6-9pm.
Slemenda will be exhibiting a site-specific installation entitled, Blood of the Air. It draws from the Sufi allegory of an island. The Sufi use the imagery of an isolated, island-bound culture to illustrate humanity's limited understanding of the world. Thus, Blood of the Air becomes an environment to dramatize perception, itself. At its base, a pink mirror supported by sandbags is a makeshift landform, both containing us and transporting us, like a body. Above, air - given form as a large weather balloon - hovers overhead. The weather balloon is transcendence, alluding to Jean Piccard's 1930's high-altitude experiments with large plastic balloons and the infamous Roswell scapegoat.
Andy Slemenda was born in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania. He lives and works in New York, NY, and he received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University Steinhardt. He has exhibited in Germany, France, Turkey, Canada and the United States. In 2011, he was awarded a fellowship by the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation. In conjunction with the 13th Istanbul Biennial, he contributed to the traveling project, The Story of Hayy. Through ready-made and organic materials, he reinterprets the body and overarching systems of knowledge to map new states of being.
For this exhibition, Vida has created a radio drama entitled "Narcissa Blake," written on-site and influenced by her time in Galveston. Narcissa Blake, a former vaudeville performer turned recluse (and the drama's protagonist), is struggling to put her life back together after the Hurricane of 1900. The piece, read by an automated text-to-speech smartphone application, is presented with directional parametric speakers to both isolate and enhance the listener experience within the gallery space.
Presented in the smaller gallery are collages and cut-up photocopy prints derived from books found in local antique stores. Accompanying these works is a deconstructed audio piece (also read by an automated voice) that rethinks the Narcissa narrative through a fragmentary barrage of language. The piece is influenced by the mechanism of the "feed," news, image, or otherwise, and the ways in which technology in the last five years has shifted the way we read, process, and physically absorb visual and textual content.
Katie Vida (Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist. Vida is the recipient of fellowships at The Shandaken Project, VCUQatar and Fanoon: Center for Print Media Research (Doha, Qatar), The Corporation of Yaddo, Millay Colony, Budapest Puppet Theater (Budapest, Hungary), Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk, She has presented work at venues including: ALLGOLD MoMA PS1 (Queens, NY); Creative Time (New York); Torrance Shipman (Brooklyn, NY); For Your Art (Los Angeles); Primetime (Brooklyn, NY); MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA); Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); and The Luggage Store (San Francisco, CA). She has served as visiting artist at institutions including University of Hawaii-West O'ahu (Honolulu) and VCUQatar (Doha, Qatar). Vida holds an MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.
For more photos from the exhibition, please visit our facebook album, here.