New York, N.Y., July 24, 2009 – We at art.les.nyc studios are proud to present our July Featured Artist of the Month, Cornelia Jensen, with her latest project, "MICROSTRUCTURES". The festivities will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009 from 7 p.m. till 12 midnight, in the studios' outdoor art lounge at 202 Rivington Street between Ridge and Pitt Streets on the fabulous Lower East side.
Cornelia Jensen received her BA in Philosophy from Haverford College in 1987 and attended the Syracuse Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy in 1986. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. Jensen works in a wide range of media including painting and sculpture made from found objects, and is now experimenting with light as a medium. Her repertoire includes individual wall-mounted pieces as well as site-specific installations.
Jensen’s work has been featured in ten solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions since 1980. Jensen has also curated and installed over twenty different exhibitions in galleries and museums including The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. She recently created an installation for the “I, Daughter of Kong” show at “Swing Space”, of The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Last year her work in the “Circular Exhibition” traveled from the Hun Gallery in New York City to Gallery Ho in Seoul, Korea. For “Microstructures” Jensen will create an installation of a cityscape using discarded packing material, plastic grass and light. The scale and quality of the forms and materials will represent how the microcosm of our daily environment references the macrocosm of the grand environment of the city.
“I have come to understand our ‘Culture’ as an expression of needs manifested in the objects we create. Through purposeful juxtaposition, I seek to endow throwaway objects with reliquary status. Extrapolating an object’s formal quality severs the connection to its bygone value. The presentation determines the new hierarchy of meaning between the objects. The resulting assemblages of recycled materials resemble shrines, transforming our conception of what is a normal avenue to the sublime. These ‘shrines’ compare the relationship of the ‘thing-in-itself’ to its surrounding world with the relationship between human beings and their environment. This comparison questions our understanding of ourselves as thoughtful subjects able to create and endow our world with meaning.”
This installation also includes a video collaboration between Jensen and Eric C. Holmes titled " A Study of Light and Movement.
On our upstairs level Resident Studio artist's John Czop, Tony Santana, and Aaron Thompson recreate "Apocalypse Now" on a 35 foot wide mural showing the deconstruction of mankind and how mother nature will always be the absolute universal force.
There also will be live performances from 10-11 p.m. featuring a variety of local downtown artists including Michelle Leona.
Locally famous Grog-n-Scrod Sangria and other Refreshments will be served (for a $3 suggested donation), with a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door.
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Established in 2005, art.les.nyc studios is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of art.les.nyc studios may be made payable to Fractured Atlas, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fractured Atlas is 501(c)(3) public charity. art.les.nyc studios serve as an urban artist space dedicated to education and the promotion of contemporary urban art. Our mission is to build an educational bridge between New York contemporary artists and the children of the Lower East Side. Funding for our 2009 projects have been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
For More Information on Cornelia Jensen go to: www.corneliajensen.com