Artists’ Reception, Saturday, March 5, 5-8pm
Saturday, March 5, 12-8pm
Sunday, March 6, 12-6pm
Smack Mellon is pleased to offer the unique chance to enter the private studios of our 2010-2011 fellowship artists as they finish up their residencies. The artists will have new work created in the past year on view, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists in their studios all weekend. The studios are located in our lower level at 92 Plymouth Street. Open Studios weekend coincides with the Verge Art Fair, taking place in multiple locations throughout the DUMBO neighborhood, and the opening of our upcoming solo exhibitions by David Henderson and Shannon Plumb.
Nicole Awai creates works on paper that combine drawing, painting, and collage to address issues of globalization and mass consumption and their relationship to perceptions of race and culture. She received her MFA from the University of South Florida and has been an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum, Art Omi, and the Kohler Art Center. She has participated in exhibitions around the world, including at the Brooklyn Museum and P.S.1 in New York. Maria Buyondo received her MFA from SVA and attended Skowhegan in 2009. At Smack Mellon, she has been continuing a series of documentary photographs and films about her upbringing in Sweden as the daughter of an African father and a Russian mother. Ivan Monforte uses simple gestures and materials to express universal emotions, as well as representations of class, gender, race, and sexuality. He received his MFA from New York University and has exhibited at Aljira, El Museo del Barrio, and the Bronx Museum, among others. A graduate of the MFA program at Mason Gross University, Jeanine Oleson’s work incorporates interdisciplinary uses of performance, film/video, installation, and photography to address such topics as cultural politics, feminism, spiritual practices, popular culture, and ethnography. She has participated in exhibitions around the country, including PS 1 and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, Diverseworks in Houston, and Grand Arts in Kansas City. Seth Wulsin works primarily with space and light through site-specific, ephemeral sculpture and drawing. He is a member of the art collectives Artistas en Latinoamerica, and Wubacawi, has been artist in resident at El Basilisco (Argentina) and Tallersiete (Colombia), and is a recipient of Peter S. Reed Foundation and Thendara Foundation fellowships. He is based between Bogotá and Brooklyn. Influenced by her Israeli upbringing, Rona Yefman makes photos and videos inspired by anarchist movements born of the creativity, rage, and individualism of the 1980s. She completed her MFA at Columbia University and recently presented a solo show at Participant Inc. Made with cameras the artist modifies himself, Kwabena Slaughter's photography investigates the relationship between the camera, photography, and the painting traditions that precede it. Kwabena’s work has been shown at premier institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including the New Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has been a resident at Art Omi International, the Bronx Museum’s AIM Program, and Smack Mellon Gallery.