One by One / Decoded Love / Oh, Very, Yes!
One by One is a site–specific work that replicates the architecture and lighting in the gallery. The paper recreation is rotated one foot counterclockwise from the original, creating a three-dimensional double. This repetition is intended to create visual tension between an original object and an intervention, between the existent and the imagined.
Sarah Kabot, was born in Troy, Michigan. The visually repetitive environment of the suburbs continues to inform and influence her sculptures, drawings, and installations. In 2006, Sarah was awarded the Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Grant, and had her first solo museum exhibition and catalog, titled On the Flip Side, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio. Upcoming exhibitions include Paper City at Mixed Greens Gallery in New York, New York, and One by One at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. Sarah’s work has recently been featured in exhibitions Retreat at Raw & Co, in Cleveland, Ohio, Trace in Kirkland, WA, and a traveling exhibition and catalog entitled Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook, 1970-2007. She has been granted a 2009 Residency at Sculpture Space in Utica New York. Sarah received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1998, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002. She is currently Assistant Professor of Foundations at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio.
Shin Il Kim
Decoded Love is based on the silent film, "The Toll of the Sea", the first color feature film made in Hollywood in 1922. This perplexing story of unrequited love, similar to Puccini's "Madame Butterfly,” stages a power struggle between the dominant male and obedient female character. The love story not only represents the complications of society's subtle yet oppressive gender roles but also the contradiction of defending peace with war.
Kim is a native of Seoul, South Korea and now currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Seoul National University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. Selected solo shows include: Galeria do Lago at the Museu de Republica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan, Italy; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany; and ARCO Art Center-Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea. Selected group shows include: Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Singapore Biennale (2006), Singapore; Analog Animation at The Drawing Center, New York, NY and Macy Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY. He has been awarded fellowships and grants from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; The Pollack Krasner Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Smack Mellon; and Skowhegan Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His work is represented in the collections of the Queens Museum of Art; Queens, NY; ALTOIDS Curiously Strong Collection at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; and Arts Council Korea. This year of 2008, he participates in Media City Seoul 2008, international media biennale, Hermes prize show in Seoul, and the third edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville in Spain.
Oh, Very, Yes! is an exhibition of my ongoing experiment with the idea of the photographic-scroll. Before the invention of photography, and the movie camera, the scroll was the way to depict a narrative that was taking place over time. A unique quality of the scroll is that all the scenes exist in one unbroken image. I have been trying to recover this unified presentation through photography. I modify and redesign manual cameras, increasing their film capacity, so they can make single images that occupy the entire length of a strip of film.
Kwabena Slaughter lives and works in New York City. His work has been shown at Apex Art (2002), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (2004), Studio Museum in Harlem (2005), and David Castillo Gallery in Miami, FL. (2007). Slaughter also has extensive experience in the performing arts, including acting in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival (1996), and dancing with the trapeze dance company Frequent Flyers Productions (2003). Slaughter has been a recipient of the following residencies and awards: New York State Council on the Arts New Media and Technology Fellowship (2006); Art Omi International Artists Residency (2007) and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography (2008).
Smack Mellon also receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Council Member David Yassky and the New York City Council, Bloomberg, Brooklyn Arts Council JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, Fifth Floor Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Independence Community Foundation, Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., Judith and Donald Rechler Foundation Inc., Lily Auchincloss Foundation Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., The New York Community Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., The Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation, and The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Inc., William Talbott Hillman Foundation.
Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas Family and Two Trees Management.
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