For Immediate Release
Louise McCagg Gallery and the Barnard College Art History department are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition:
Frances Cocksedge, Nicole Kaack, Amanda Turner Pohan, Lara Saget, Vanessa Thill
Curated by Mira Dayal
November 5th – December 2nd, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 6-8 pm
Louise McCagg Gallery, 4th Floor, Diana Center
Barnard College 3009 Broadway, New York NY
Of childhood, sexuality, process, and corporeality—residues index activity. The exhibition features sculptural works that are linked not by textual but by textural references to hybrid materialities and states of becoming. A shower pumps through a beige perfumed liquid derived from measurements of the artist’s heartbeat. On the floor, a slip cast of an egg carton mimics the paradoxical strength of the thin, rounded shells it once protected. A rust-colored paper that takes its hues from the evaporation of coagulated household substances now wrinkles as it extends from the ceiling to floor, joining a phosphorescent spill of soap, sugar, gel, and figs. On the wall, a geometric form hosts a stretched fabric infused with resin and loosely associated object memories.
Though many artists’ practices have shifted to the realm of the digital, those of Frances Cocksedge, Nicole Kaack, Amanda Turner Pohan, Lara Saget, and Vanessa Thill remain viscerally and psychologically tied to the bodies of artists and viewers. The inanimate is imbued with fleshy histories without losing its uncanny presence.
Frances Cocksedge is a painter, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in combination major of art history and fine arts. While she identifies as a painter, her work involves an exploration of materials that transcend the two-dimensional barriers of the canvas.
Nicole Kaack is an artist and writer from Northern California, currently based in Queens, New York. Kaack graduated with a BA from Columbia University where she pursued a combined plan in Art History and Visual Art. Incorporating elements of video, ceramics, and photography, her multimedia artistic practice focuses on the themes of trace and memory. In her time in New York, Kaack has worked in a variety of arts settings including the Noguchi Museum and The Kitchen, where she has developed an interest in questions of structure and materiality. As the Dedalus Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, Kaack will pursue her ongoing fascination with the archive as the expressive encounter of the individual with society and the present with infinity. Kaack’s writing has been published by Whitehot Magazine, artcritical, SFAQ / NYAQ / AQ, and Artforum.
Amanda Turner Pohan completed her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and her MFA from Hunter College. As an extension of her art practice, Pohan is a co-founder of Temporary Agency, an artist-run nomadic platform for exhibitions and publications, as well as The Bakery Social Club, a monthly gathering for artists and designers.
Lara Saget’s work considers how no single system exists in a vacuum. Drawing from diverse fields including ecology, engineering, physics, anatomy, social and cognitive science, her work illuminates how these intellectual systems are ways of viewing the world and not mirrors of the world. She uses methods of sculpture, installation, performance, and video to explore the complexities of interconnected systems, stressing the dangers of single lens reduction. Lara received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and is pursing her MFA in Fine Arts at New York University. Lara has participated in exhibitions in New York City, Brooklyn, NY, Los Angeles, CA and Paris, France. Lara lives and works in New York, NY.
Vanessa Thill is an artist, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. In 2016, her first solo show took place at Hood Gallery. She has exhibited at Kilroy Metal Ceiling, P71 Night Shop, Berlin, and on the digital platform SCREEN_. Thill co-produces exhibitions, performances, publications, and other projects as Sorry Archive, a platform rooted in alter egos, fictionalized narratives, and alternative authorships, most recently at Rockaway Artists Alliance, Orgy Park, NURTUREart, and Spring/Break Art Show. She graduated from Barnard in 2013 and co-curated Lucid Gestures: an Exhibition of Barnard Alumnae at McCagg Gallery in 2014. For the past two years she has worked as a curator and manager at Knockdown Center, a former door factory turned arts center in Queens.
For more information, please see tinyurl.com/residues2016