AUTUMN AHN, SETARE ARASHLOO, SHAHRZAD CHANGALVAEE, KIRAN CHANDRA,
LIZZY DE VITA, JULIETTE DUMAS, ANDREW ERDOS, RIITTA IKONEN, SARA MEJIA KRIENDLER, YASUE MAETAKE, MATT TABER AND GIAN MARIA TOSATTI
CURATED BY CLARA DARRASON AND JENNIFER HOUDROUGE
Architectural design by Tomaz Azevedo Capobianco
THE CHIMNEY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT ENDNOTES, A GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS BY AUTUMN AHN, SETARE ARASHLOO, SHAHRZAD CHANGALVAEE, KIRAN CHANDRA, LIZZY DE VITA, JULIETTE DUMAS, ANDREW ERDOS, RIITTA IKONEN, SARA MEJIA KRIENDLER, YASUE MAETAKE, MATT TABER AND GIAN MARIA TOSATTI. A WORK OF ART CONCEALS MANY VOICES, HISTORICAL DIALOGUES, AND INSPIRATIONS. THE CREATIVE PROCESS IS LAYERED BUT OFTEN REMAINS VEILED.
MAY 4 - JUNE 24, 2018
“A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it. For this reason my dear Sir, the only advice I have is this: to go into yourself and to examine the depth from which your life springs; at this source you will find the answer to the question of whether you have to write. Accept this answer as it is, without seeking to interpret it.
Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
The Chimney is pleased to present Endnotes, a group exhibition featuring works by Autumn Ahn, Setare Arashloo, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Kiran Chandra, Lizzy de Vita, Juliette Dumas, Andrew Erdos, Riitta Ikonen, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Yasue Maetake, Matt Taber and Gian Maria Tosatti. A work of art conceals many voices, historical dialogues, and inspirations. The creative process is layered but often remains veiled.
To celebrate The Chimney’s third anniversary, we wish to reveal the pantheon of writers, thinkers, and poets whose words have influenced the 12 artists presented in Endnotes. The exhibition creates a global conversation across time, countries, and disciplines featuring artists from Finland, France, Italy, Iran, India, Japan, Colombia and the United States. When we enter an artist’s studio, we seek hidden clues to better grasp his or her idiosyncratic world: preparatory studies on a wall, works from their artist friends, discarded trials that mingle with their everyday objects, and of course, their books. Books resting on their working tables, worn from overuse; books that once fed their imagination silently arranged in shelves waiting to be rediscovered; and books that reveal themselves to us through serendipitous conversations. For this exhibition, we have asked each artist to share their precious libraries - encyclopedias of fantasy, knowledge and wisdom - along with works that connect us to their literary selection.
The architectural topography conceived by Tomaz Azevedo Capobianco, transforms The Chimney into a hybrid and multi-leveled space – a mind map of the artists’ thoughts. This labyrinthine spatial arrangement offers the works and visitors both a communal and private living space with self-contained platforms on which one can sit, stand, read or discover the sculptures and works on paper.
Endnotes explores the timeless intersection of language and visual arts. A book seeds a thought and a thought inspires a work in a boundless cycle. Each visitor carries his/her own literary fields to the exhibition, ultimately expanding the synergic discussion between artists and authors to the audience. As one wanders through the multiplicity of dialogues, creativity unravels and one singular voice becomes plural.
WE WERE THERE JUST A FEW DAYS — A PERFORMANCE BY AUTUMN AHN
By using Gertrude Stein’s non-linear poems as a resource for investigating today’s techno-poetry, Ahn will extract elements from Stein’s "meditations" and recite them as new abstractions. The work revisits the inner spaces of the psyche. It investigates the poetic in the disruption of language and rationality, as well as the fragmented reception of the multimedia environment. Understanding nuances in memory and its abandonment of linear time, this performance is a montage of internal and external responses to the viscosity of the mind's map, becoming a site-specific gesture to the physical need for communication.
STILL POINTS — A PERFORMANCE BY LIZZY DE VITA
Featuring Nia Calloway, Lauren Dame, Rachel Lipstein, Renée Meyers, Kristopher Pourzal
In this performance work, five individuals merge the collective voices of over 30 different authors creating a meandering journey into points thought-to-be-known and surely-unknown. At times the voices converse as though in conversation, yet this dialogue can at any point be subsumed by waves of sound and emotion. The performance is based on Lizzy De Vita's first publication, Crow's Nest, currently on view in Endnotes.
AUTUMN AHN (b.1986, Philadelphia, USA) is an American artist. She is currently a Visiting Fellow as an artist-in-residence at Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy. She studied oil painting and art history at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and also at the Scuola Internazionale de Grafica in Venice, Italy. Her solo exhibitions include, Between pink & blue is Catharanthus Roseus at Galerie 0fr., Paris (2019), a tall action is not a height at The Chimney NYC (2017), Untitled (Chamber), AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE & Alter Projects, Art Basel-Miami (2014), Latent Lavender at Ryan Lee Gallery, NYC (2014), Voy(age)ur at STREAM Gallery, NYC (2014) and upcoming show with Howard Yezerski Gallery TBA 2019/2020. She has also participated in group exhibitions with her pieces, pavement over pavement at HUBWeek for Boston’s Government Center, CASTLEDRONE CORRAL (2017), “everyoneineverforgot, fig. 1-3” at Cinema Tonalá and Fería ARTBo for The Host, Bogotá (2016), “Anunnciate” at Montserrat College of Art & Design for SEVEN, Boston (2016), Sensational Stanzas at École du Magazine (Centre National d’Art Contemporain), for TakeYouThereRadio, Grenoble/r22.fr (2015). She was the recipient of a Boston Opportunity Grant, Createwell Artist Grant, and a Constantin Alajalov Scholarship. Her work has been reviewed on Whitehot Magazine, The Boston Globe, ARTE, Art New England. She lives and works in Boston, MA.
SETARE ARASHLOO was born and raised in Tehran. She holds a BA in Painting from the University of Tehran, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Fine Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in Studio Art from Queens College, CUNY. Setare is a current Advanced Certificate candidate at Social Practice Queens (Queens College). She is an alumna of the AIM program at the Bronx Museum, and is represented by Azad Gallery in Tehran, Iran. Her works have been exhibited in Iran, US, Afghanistan, and Australia, France and Germany.
SHAHRZAD CHANGALVAEE (b.1983) is a visual artist.
Her practice responses to the discipline of sculpture in variety of media, including objectmaking, photography, digital video, installation and performance.
Raised in Tehran, Iran, Shahrzad received her BA from Tehran University Faculty of Fine Arts in 2006, and her MFA from Yale School of Art 2015. Shahrzad’s work has been featured in several solo and group exhibition including, “The Understandables Always Arrive From Far Away” (2018) at Soho20, Brooklyn, “You Cannot The Same River Twice” (2016) at O Gal-lery, Tehran, Iran; "Ksi, Ein and An, A love Story"(2015), VSC Gallery, SVA (School of Visual Arts), New York, USA; “Future Remnants of a Missing Word” (2016), Meyohas Gallery, New York, USA; and numbers of group shows in Iran, UAE, Britain, Canada and The U.S.
Shahrzad is currently based in Brooklyn.
KIRAN CHANDRA has earned an Honors BA from St. Stephen’s College of Delhi University, a BFA from Lesley University’s Art Institute of Boston and an MFA from Hunter College. She has exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and abroad, including The Bronx Museum of Art, Wave Hill, Momenta Art and Bogart Salon, Brooklyn, NY; Project 88, Mumbai, India; Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India; and Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India. She has been awarded a Cisneros Scholarship, a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and a Women’s Edge Award, among other prizes. Residencies include SOMA Summer International Program, Mexico City, Mexico; Studio Arts Center, Florence, Italy; and The Cooper Union’s Summer Art Intensive, New York, NY. Chandra is the founder of Temporary Agency, an artist-run alternative space, that ran for 9 months out of a Chashama granted space in Ridgewood, Queens.
LIZZY DE VITA (b. 1986) an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn. De Vita earned her BA in Art History and English Literature from Barnard College and her MFA in Sculpture and extended media at Yale. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally, including at the National Museum of the Moving Image, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, and The Chimney NYC.
JULIETTE DUMAS (b. 1987, Paris, France.) completed her BA at Villa Arson in Nice France and MFA at Schoolof the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2013. Dumas has been awardedartist residencies at Festival Grandeur Nature, Ristolas, France in2009 and La Station, Nice in 2015. She was nominated for Clare Rosen& Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists by the Paintingand Drawing Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Dumas' work was featured in notable group and solo exhibitionsincluding "No Safe Harbor" (2016), Art3 | Silas Shabelewska gallery,NY, “Winter Studies” (2015), Kunstverein Gaestezimmer E.V, Stuttgart,Germany (Curated by Alf Setzer); “Ad Hoc”(2015), La Station, Nice,France (curated by Collectif Culbuto).
ANDREW ERDOS (b. 1985) graduated with a BFA from Alfred University. The youngest recipient of the Rakow Commission of the Corning Museum of Glass, his work has been exhibited worldwide and throughout the United States.
He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Claire Oliver Gallery in New York, with Invaluable (2015) and Guaranteed Impermanence (2013).
Notable group exhibitions include “Reviving Humanity Memorial” at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (2018); “Between Beauty and Decay”, Curated by Erin Joyce, ArtSpace, New Haven CT (2017); “Piece by Piece” at the Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City (2015); “Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations” at the New Britain Museum of American Art (2014); “Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass” at the Knoxville Museum of Art (2014); “Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012” at the Toledo Museum of Art (2012); “Cyberfest” at The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (2009), “Art Parade” at Deitch Projects in New York (2008), and “Insatiable Streams” at Beijing BS1 Contemporary Art Center in Beijing (2007).
Erdos’ work can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Corning Museum of Glass; the 21c Museum in Durham, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison.
Andrew Erdos lives and works in New York City.
RIITTA IKONEN (b.1981, Finland) completed her BA at the University of Brighton and MA at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work threads memory, myth and imagination with a sharp focus on the natural world. She uses performance, video, wearable sculptures and photographic portraiture to investigate the various ways humanity occupies and interprets its environment.
Ikonen has been awarded artist residencies at Shandaken, Recess (at Pioneer Works), the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (SPARC) in New York. In 2014 she was nominated for Finland's biggest contemporary art prize Ars Fennica. She is the founder of the Mail Art gallery, located in a P.O. Box in the Rockaways, NY.
Ikonen’s work was featured in notable solo and group exhibitions including “Signal, Lights, Connected” (2018) in connection with the Olympic Games in Pyeoungchang; “Future Fossils” (2015), Dutton Gallery, New York; “Heavy Petting” (2015), Dose Projects, New York; “Mail Art” (2015), Postal Museum, Finland; “Chronicle” (2013), Denny Gallery, New York; “Camouflage” (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; “Fantasticology” (2011), London 2012 Olympic Park; "NADA Miami”(2015), represented by Recess Org; “Warmer Still?” (2009) Winzavod Contemporary Art Center, Moscow; “Walkthrough Wardrobe”, Tate Britain (2009) and Victoria and Albert Museum (2010) London; “Bird and Leaf” (2008), The Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London; “Eyes as Big as Plates”, The Greenland National Museum, Nuuk (2015), Nordic Houses in Iceland (2017) and Faroe Islands (2015); Bogota International Photo Biennale (2015); Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska US (2015); gallery FACTORY, Seoul Korea (2015); Villa Borghese, Rome (2014); the Ars Fennica exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Kiasma (2014); Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2014); Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo (2012); Gulbenkian Foundation, London (2012) ; Photographer's gallery, London (2012); The Finnish Institute in Oslo (2011), Paris (2014) and Stockholm (2015); "Ballarat International Foto Biennale” Australia (2017);
SARA MEJIA KRIENDLER (b. 1983, NY, NY) is a Colombian-American artist. She studied Intellectual History at the University of Pennsylvania, trained as a sculptor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and received her MFA in Fine Arts from SVA, where she received the Alumni Award Thesis Grant and was awarded the Paula Rhodes Memorial award for excellence. Her solo exhibitions include "In Back of Beyond" at the Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (2018), "El Ocaso de Los Idolos" at Pereira Museum of Fine Art, Pereira, Colombia (2018), "Duplicates, Dummies & Dolls" at CP Projects Space, NY, NY (2016), "The Anthropocene" at A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY (2015) and "In Arbeit - Six Memos for the Next...", at Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria (2013). She has also participated in group exhibitions at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Interstate Projects, and The Invisible Dog, in New York, Halt Gallery in Phoenix, and Works on Paper in Philadelphia. Her work has been reviewed on Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Newsday, Brooklyn Magazine, and Art Ravels.
YASUE MAETAKE is a Japanese-born New York-based mixed-media sculptor and installation artist living and working in Queens NY. She has exhibited internationally at venues including: Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Harris Lieberman, New York; Espacio 1414, The Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Queens Art Museum, Queens, NY; and Fredric Snitzer, Miami, FL; as well as The Chimney, Brooklyn and False Flag Project. Maetake has received The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Sculpture and has been a resident artist in the studio of El Anatsui in Ghana with a research grant from the Agency for Japanese Cultural Affairs. In 2018, Artsy named Maetake one of 20 female artists advancing the field of sculpture. In 2019, her work has exhibited at the collateral exhibition at 58th Venice Biennale organized by London-based Hesit Gallery. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York and is currently an adjunct faculty at Fine Art Dept., SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
MATT TABER (b. Boston, MA, USA) completed his MFA from Columbia University and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His solo exhibitions include "In through the out door", Secret Dungeon Gallery, Brooklyn, USA (2018); "Hacienda 2", Interiors, Brooklyn, USA (2018); "Naked Earth", Elevator Mondays Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2017); "Hacienda", Holiday Forever Gallery, Jackson Hole, USA (2017); "I want You to want Me", YOUNG WORLD Gallery, Detroit, USA (2016).
His work has been included in group exhibitions at Chimney Gallery, Brooklyn, USA (2018), The Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, USA (2017), 032c, Berlin, Germany (2016), GUCCIVUITTON, Miami, USA (2016), Schwarzwaldallee, Basel, Switzerland (2015).
Taber has participated in Teton ArtLab (Jackson Hole, USA), The Corporation of Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, USA), The Fallen Tower (Detroit, USA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, USA), Internationale Sommeracademie (Salzburg, Austria).
GIAN MARIA TOSATTI (Roma, 16.04.1980 - lives in Napoli) made his first steps in 2002 at the Centre for Theatrical Research and Experimentation of Pontedera working on performances. In 2005 Tosatti started in Rome an artistic research between architecture and visual arts which inspired all subsequent works resulting in site specific installations.
His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum del CCS BARD (New York – 2014), the MADRE museum, (Napoli - 2016), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York - 2011), the Galleria Nazionale (Roma - 2017), the Petah Tikva Museum of Art (Petah Tikva - 2017), the Museo Archeologico di Salerno (Salerno - 2014) American Academy in Rome (Roma – 2013), Museo Villa Croce (Genova – 2012) Andrew Freedman Home (New York - 2012), Tenuta dello Scompiglio (Lucca - 2012), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma - 2008), Chelsea Art Museum (New York - 2009), BJCEM (2014), Centrale Montemartini – Musei Capitolini (Roma – 2007), Museo Wilfredo Lam (La Habana - 2015), Casa Testori (Milano – 2014), MAAM (Roma - permanent), Castel Sant’Elmo (Napoli - permanent).