Sink Beneath the Surface and Be Free

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© Courtesy of the artist & Mixed Greens Gallery
Sink Beneath the Surface and Be Free

531 W.26th St.
New York, NY
May 30th, 2013 - August 16th, 2013
Opening: May 30th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Closed as of January 2016


Mixed Greens is thrilled to present an ambitious, site-specific
installation by Brooklyn-based artist Jeila Gueramian. Her
plush and magical underwater world will animate the windows
for the summer months.
After graduating with a BFA in ceramics, Gueramian spent
years working in various film, set design, and costume
departments, all the while making inventive stuffed animals out
of vintage fabrics for friends and family. Over the years,
Gueramian amassed an immense collection of these fabrics
from thrift stores, generous friends, and her family members’
closets. Slowly, the popularity of her fantastical yet functional
sculptures grew, and their playful purpose morphed into
elaborate artificial environments. They no longer decorate the
room—they are the room. Inspired by puppet making, natural
history museum dioramas, and fabricated environments,
Gueramian’s installations, in effect, are quilted worlds of
imagined, nature-inspired delight.
For the Mixed Greens windows, Gueramian uses stitchwork,
crochet, knit, and various embellishments to create an
all-encompassing underwater installation that spans all three
windows. Schools of fish, bioluminescent plants and animals,
sparkling seaweed, and the illusion of shimmering, dark water,
coalesce to create a magical experience for adults and
children alike. The piece can be appreciated for its incredible
craftsmanship, its ability to transform the space, and its power
to make the most seasoned art viewer delight with wonder.
Gueramian was born in Los Angeles, CA, and graduated with
a BFA from Otis Parsons School of Design. In 2011, she
ramped up her fine art career with a six-month residency at
The Wassaic Project, culminating in a large-scale installation
in the tower of Maxon Mills. In 2012, she had her first New
York City solo exhibition at Allegra LaViola Gallery. Her work
is currently on view at Colab Project Space in Brooklyn, NY,
and she has another solo exhibition at Allegra LaViola in the
fall of 2013. Gueramian currently lives and works in Brooklyn,