NURTUREart is pleased to present The Order of Things, curated by Jamillah James and featuring artists: Lisha Bai, Leah Beeferman, Ethan Greenbaum, Elisa Lendvay, Demetrius Oliver, Allyson Vieira, and Joe Winter. The Order of Things considers the shift in our relationship to the universe in light of recent apocalyptic predictions. An acute awareness of time, as some wait with baited breath for “the end”, engenders a special attentiveness to space, materiality, and objecthood, with smaller details emerging and becoming foregrounded.
Either through their own experimental studio practice, or in how they visualize and aestheticize the passage of time, the artists in this exhibition address cosmological hierarchy from the bottom up, reiterating the impulse of subjects to understand their existence and the world through objects. The interplay of works, some of which use a scientific vernacular, underscores the phenomenological relationship between subjectivity, and perception, examining banality and the existential in equal parts.
About the artists
Lisha Bai (b. 1979, Greenville, SC) is currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Yale in 2004 and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. She has exhibited work in a variety of venues including Regina Rex, Brooklyn; the National Academy, New York; Branvin Lee Programs, New York, among others.
Leah Beeferman (b. 1982, Cambridge, MA) received a BA from Brown University in 2004 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Queens Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Space 1026 , Philadelphia ; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; and Nicole Klagsbrun, New York.
Ethan Greenbaum (b. 1979, Tom’s River, NJ) has exhibited at Derek Eller, New York; Thierry Goldberg, New York; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. He holds an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art. He is co-founder and editor at The Highlights, an online arts journal devoted to artists’ text based projects.
Elisa Lendvay (b. 1975, Dallas, TX) holds an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Jason McCoy Gallery, New York, and group shows at Kansas Gallery, New York; Samson Projects, Boston; Daily Operation, Brooklyn; and Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Demetrius Oliver (b. 1975, Brooklyn, NY) has been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. His work is held in collections at the Studio Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Blanton Museum of Art. He lives and works in New York City.
Allyson Vieira (b. 1979, Somerset, MA) has been featured in exhibitions at Laurel Gitlen, SculptureCenter, Klaus Von Nichtssagend, Lehmann Maupin, and EFA Project Space, New York. Vieira holds an MFA from Bard College and a BFA from the Cooper Union, New York. She is based in Long Island City and is represented by Laurel Gitlen, New York.
Joe Winter (b. 1981, Wilmington, DE) lives and works in Long Island City. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Kitchen, New York and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, England; and group exhibitions at Gasser & Grunert, New York; and The Suburban, Chicago; among others. He holds a MFA from University of California, San Diego.
About the curator
Jamillah James (b. 1980, Newark, NJ) is a curator based in New York. She is currently Curatorial Fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and edits the blog FRONTIERS. Recent exhibitions and projects include Comic Relief: On Art and Television (Center for Experimental Lectures), MoMA/PS1; Primary, Nudashank, Baltimore; Dirty Looks: On Location, New York; and Three Points Make a Triangle: Queens International 2012, Queens Museum, New York.