February 23–March 5, 2011

Petra Feriancova: Theory of the City or the Possibilities of an A4

For the first time in ISCP’s 16-year history, an ISCP resident will have the opportunity to present a solo exhibition in ISCP’s gallery. This initiative will annually offer three ISCP artists and one alumni the space, time and challenge to produce new works of art which seriously engage with the context of their presentation — ISCP and New York City. Theory of the City or the Possibilities of an A4 by Petra Feriancova is the inaugural exhibition in this series and the artist’s first exhibition in the United States.

The exhibition features five works that utilize A4 sheets of paper (81/4 x 113/4 inches) as their primary components. The included works reveal the boundaries of an A4 due to its small scale as well as its unlimited possibilities. Feriancova often manipulates text such as in the installation Play, consisting of the 145 individual pages of Shakespeare’s Hamlet mounted to the wall side-by-side so that the viewer can choose where to begin the tragedy. However, in Feriancova’s Hamlet the dialogue between characters is deleted while the stage directions remain. The A4-sized slide projection 2/3 in contrast to Play is based on direct dialogue between positive and negative and specifically between two ancient blind sisters, who shared one eye since their birth. The artist also revisits her father’s archive of National Geographic magazines in an installation and will show a new participatory work realized by her invitation to a group of people to contribute on an A4 sheet their experiences or ideas of New York City.

Petra Feriancova was born in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1977, where she currently lives and works. She studied at L’Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome, Italy and Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. Her works have been exhibited extensively including at the Secession Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2010; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK, 2009; HIT gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia; 2009; and Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, France; 2008. She is the winner of 2010 Oskár Čepan Award.

This exhibition is organized by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of: Brooklyn Arts Council, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Petra Feriancova’s residency (March 1 – April 15, 2011) is supported by the Young Visual Artists Awards and Foundation for a Civil Society.

Opening Reception: Feb 23, 2011, 6-8pm

February 15, 2011

Salon: Ana Santos and Jinny Yu

Ana Santos will present some recent works resulting from her studio practice as well as projects she developed outside the studio. Santos’ work explores the relationship between thought/action and thinking/practicing. It also evolves around the idea of drawing as projective art, creating a specific type of ‘distance’ with the materials used and final form. She relates to materials in a direct and pragmatic way, looking for the shortest gesture that may transform things. Ana Santos lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She participated in various group shows including Uma mesa e tres cadeiras, Etic, Lisboa, Portugal; Drawing by Numbers, Espaco Avenida 211, Lisboa, Portugal and Bolseiros e finalistas do Ar.Co, Espaco Tranquilidade, Lisboa, Portugal.

Ana Santos’ project has received support from Build It Green NYC.

Jinny Yu will present works realized during her residency at ISCP as well as some of her past works. Yu is a painter whose practice considers the complexities of visual spatiality and materiality; her paintings oscillate between the physical and material space of the world, and between the pictorial and more subtle material ‘space’ of the painted surface. Born in South Korea and based in Canada, Yu received her MFA from York University and BFA from Concordia University. Yu is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and her new body of work will be presented at Pulse NYC in March 2011.

Participating Residents

February 1, 2011

Salon: Dritan Hyska and Adela Jusic

Dritan Hyska will present his work and artistic research that focuses on the urban realities of Albania and Italy through the representation of bridges, overpasses, glimpses of deserted cities, cement and construction. Hyska was born in 1980 in Korce, Albania. He lives and works between Venice, Italy and Tirana, Albania. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Venice.

Adela Jusic will show The Sniper and Who needs DRNC?, two video works that tackle the subject of war as well as one work-in-progress, Bedtime Stories (in collaboration with Bosnian artist Lana Cmajcanin). Jusic grew up in besieged Sarajevo during the 1992-1995 war which greatly influenced her artistic practice. Her work incorporates personal emotions and memories connected to the war and the position of women and children in conflict. Jusic was born in 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina where she currently lives and work. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and from the University of Sarajevo and is a co-founder of the Association for Art and Culture Crvena.

Participating Residents