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Two Solo Exhibitions

Shana Moulton
Morphing Essence Syndrome

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Bryan Zanisnik
Meadowlands Picaresque< /em>

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Exhibition dat es: September 28-November 3
Artists' Reception: Saturday\, September 28\, 5-8pm

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Special perfor mances:
Shana Moulton: Saturday\, September 28th\, 3pm and 7pm
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Bryan Zanisnik: Saturday\, September 28th\, 6-8pm\,
and October 6\, 13\, 20\, 27\, November 3\, from 4-5pm

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In conjunction with the Dumbo Arts Festival\, an annual weekend-long neighborhood arts festiva l\,  \;
Smack Mellon's Artist Studio Program wi ll also be open to the public September 28th from 12-8pm and September 29th from
12-6pm. \; The studios are located on the lower level of 92 Plymouth Street.

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Smack Mellon is pleased to present \; Shana Moulton&rsquo\;s video installation \;Morphing Essen ce Syndrome and Bryan Zanisnik&rsquo\;s site-specific installation Meadowlands Picaresque. The two Brooklyn-based artis ts explore natural landscapes and their relationships to consumer goods to create immersive psychological spaces that meld fiction with autobiography. Morphing Essence Syndrome continues Moulton&rsquo\;s development of her alter ego Cynthia in her video and performance series Whispering Pines. \; In this latest installment\, Cynthia tackles Restless L eg Syndrome and experiences Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response through th e use of Swisspers. \; Transforming the back gallery into an entropic s pace\, Zanisnik&rsquo\;s latest large-scale installation Meadowlands Pi caresque incorporates thousands of photos and discarded objects from t he 32-square mile swamp in Northern New Jersey along with memorabilia from the artist&rsquo\;s studio and childhood home. Every week the artist and hi s parents will activate the sprawling installation in tableau vivant style\ , blurring the line between still image and performance.

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This exhibition is supported\, in part\, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs\, in partnership with the City Co uncil\, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin\, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature\, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Fou ndation for the Visual Arts and Smack Mellon&rsquo\;s Members.
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Smack Mellon&rsquo\;s programs are also made possible with public f unds from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support fro m the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation\, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation\, Jerome Foundation\, Lily Auchincloss Foundation\, Inc.\, Joan Mitchell Foundation\, The Robert Lehman Foundation\, The Greenwich Collect ion Ltd\, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc.\, David &\; Minnie Berk Foundation\, Exploring The Arts\, and Foundation for Contemporary Art s.
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We would like to thank The Andy Warhol Foundation fo r the Visual Arts\, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation\, the Walen tas family and Two Trees Management\, Art Dealers Association of America Re lief Fund\, Dumbo Improvement District\, Art F City\, Richard Prince Studio \, Mixed Greens Gallery\, Gilbert MacKay Foundation\, Athena Foundation\, F oundation for Contemporary Arts\, New York Council for the Humanities\, Ste phen Sollins\, Niloo and Joe Steele\, Creative Time Inc.\, Lily Auchincloss Foundation\, Inc.\, Marie &\; John Zimmermann Fund\, Inc.\, Allison and Tom Franco\, St. Joseph High School\, and all of the individuals who donat ed and volunteered to help us clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.&n bsp\;

Space for Smack Mellon&rsquo\;s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management. \;

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Shana Moulton\, Restless Leg Saga Shana Moulton
Morphing Essence S yndrome

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&ldquo\;Morphing Essence Syndrome&rd quo\; features several new videos presented in a dynamic installat ion designed specifically for Smack Mellon. These new videos have been crea ted over the past year and this will be their first gallery presentation in New York. Each video features my alter ego Cynthia\, which I&rsquo\;ve bee n developing over the past 12 years in my video and performance series\, &l dquo\;Whispering Pines.&rdquo\; \;

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In &ldquo\ ;Restless Leg Saga&rdquo\; (2012)\, Cynthia seeks a cure for her Restless L egs Syndrome in televised pharmaceutical ads and the pages of Prevention Ma gazine. During a sleepless moment in the bathroom\, mystic truths are revea led to Cynthia in the form of poetry written and read by New York poet John Coletti. Therapeutic release is achieved through AION A\, a healing minera l discovered by Swiss artist Emma Kunz.

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Cynthia experience s an identity crisis triggered by shopping in &ldquo\;Unique Boutique&rdquo \; (2013). Upon entering a clothing boutique she is confronted with a relen tless runway show of animated clothing. After trying on a piece of clothing she experiences an endless parade of fantasy identities until the Ami chan t from Enigma's Return to Innocence leads Cynthia to a mountain top where s he performs a cathartic dance. Unable to afford most things in the shop\, s he purchases a bubble-wrap decoration with a mysterious function.

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The video &ldquo\;Swisspering&rdquo\; (2013)\, is framed by the act of applying and removing makeup. As the makeup is removed with a product c alled Swisspers\, the body is\, in effect\, carved away. Through this act\, I investigate Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)\, defined as the physical sensation of pleasurable tingling that begins on the scalp and mo ves throughout the body that is often triggered by whispering. By illustrating the process of carving away the body to reveal spiritual essen ce\, I investigate the how we relate our outer and inner selves.

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Shana Moulton grew up near Yosemite\, California\ , and lives and works in New York. She earned her BA from University of Cal ifornia\, Berkeley\, in Art and Anthropology and her MFA from Carnegie Mell on University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the LMCC Workspace Pr ogram\, Smack Mellon\, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture\, Har vestworks\, De Ateliers in Amsterdam and The Sommerakademie in Bern. Moulto n has exhibited or performed at The New Museum\, MoMA P.S.1\, Performa 2009 \, The Kitchen\, Electronic Arts Intermix\, Art in General\, SFMOMA\, The A ndy Warhol Museum\, The Wexner Center for the Arts\, Wiels Center for Conte mporary Art in Brussels\, The Migros Museum in Zurich and De Appel in Amste rdam\, among others. Moulton's work has been reviewed in the Village Voice\ , Artforum\, the Brooklyn Rail\, the New York Times\, Artnet Magazine\, Fri eze Magazine\, Art Review\, Artpress and Flash Art.  \;She is a 2013 Cr eative Capital grantee and is a featured artist on Art21's New York Close U p.

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 \;< /strong>Bryan Zanisnik\, Life on Mars

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Bryan Zanisnik \;
Meadowlands Picaresque

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&ldquo\;Meadowlands Picaresque&rdquo\; (2013) is a site-specific installation that incorporates materials from my childhood h ome\, a polluted swamp in northern New Jersey and suburban junk shops. Thes e objects appear en masse alongside street detritus\, cardboard\, dirt and objects fabricated in the studio. While the installation references a domes tic interior\, the plethora of childhood artifacts and props used in my pre vious performances creates a psychological space that functions as a consta ntly updating memory-archive. The work is periodically activated by a weekl y performance by my parents\, Bob and Carol Zanisnik and myself. The perfor mance is essentially still\, referencing both the history of the tableau vi vant and the blurred boundaries between still images and live events. Just as the performance and installation exists as a live image drawn from perso nal archives\, the documentation of Meadowlands Picaresque will ultimately generate new images for future archives.

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Opposite the site -specific installation is a large-scale photograph titled &ldquo\;Life on M ars&rdquo\; (2013). The photograph is of a set constructed in my studio tha t recontextualizes many of the objects found in the installation. Styrofoam balls\, shelves of white tchotchkes and x-rays of my broken hand commingle with mirrors\, wallpapers and black lace. The photograph and its shrine-li ke arrangement of objects suggests a medieval reliquary while also function ing as a window unto the site-specific work.

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B ryan Zanisnik was born in Union\, New Jersey and currently lives and works in Brooklyn\, NY. He received an MFA from Hunter College and attended the S kowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has recently exhibited and pe rformed in New York at MoMA PS1\, Sculpture Center\, and the Queens Museum of Art\; in Philadelphia at the Fabric Workshop and Museum\; in Miami at th e De La Cruz Collection\; in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Photogra phy\; in Los Angeles at LAXART\; and internationally at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art\, the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna and the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague. \; Zanisnik&rsquo\;s work has been revi ewed in the New York Times\, Art in America\, Artforum\, ARTnews\, Modern P ainters\, and Time Out New York\, amongst others. He has completed residenc ies at the Macdowell Colony\, the Art Omi International Artists Residency\, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program\, and the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou\, China. Currently he is an artist in residence at the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program in Brooklyn\, NY.

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