March 28 – April 26, 2015
Tuesday through Sunday, 12-6 pm
Opening Reception: March 28, 5-7 pm
CUCHIFRITOS GALLERY + PROJECT SPACE
120 Essex Street, New York, NY (inside Essex Street Market)
Shifting Impressions consists of three public walks in the Lower East Side and an exhibition that highlights a collection of objects and tools developed from City Souvenirs, an ongoing collaborative project by artists Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler.
Curated by Lynnette Miranda
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is a program of Artists Alliance Inc., a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the following for their generous support: Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers, without whom this program would not be possible.
This exhibition is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional support provided by Artists Alliance, Inc. Special thanks to Alexandra Henry and Philip Muller for their help in documenting the City Souvenirs LES Walks and to artist Etta Sandry (Studio Manager of the Textile Art Center) for her assistance with the first LES Walk.
Shifting Impressions consists of three public walks in the Lower East Side, and an exhibition that highlights a collection of objects and tools developed from City Souvenirs, an ongoing collaborative project by artists Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler. Created in 2009, City Souvenirs focuses on a series of participatory walks through city neighborhoods, where public audiences are invited to make direct impressions of the built landscape with fresh blocks of clay. Embarking on a conceptual and physical exploration of site, Bosquê and Seisler collect these clay objects after participants have made their marks. One side of the clay records sharp architectural details, while the other retains the shape of the hand and its subtle lines and fingerprints. Blending their mutual site-specific practices, the artists utilize the contemplative action of walking as an artmaking tool that enables audiences to slow down and notice the small details that amount to our daily urban experience.
Through the lens of the Essex Street Market and its impending redevelopment in 2018, audiences will have a chance to join the artists on an expedition of the neighborhood, where they will investigate the multiple histories of the Lower East Side and create impressions of forgotten or overlooked spaces. The newly reshaped objects will accumulate in the gallery, located inside the market, and create an abstract record that conflates both personal and collective memory of the market and its surrounding areas. In the gallery, audiences will be able to handle and study the clay objects, as well as create new marks through sand and graphite, reimagining the origin of each impression and contributing to the project’s shared narrative.
Shifting Impressions aims to bridge public space and the gallery space to inspire exchanges between audiences that examine the historically shifting identity of LES, existing points of contention and possibilities for the future.
Liene Bosquê (b. Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a visual artist based in New York City. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and a BFA from the São Paulo Estate University in 2003, as well as a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the Mackenzie University in 2004. In addition to participating in artist residencies around the country, Bosquê has exhibited her work in national and international venues including William Holman Gallery (New York), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center (New York), Elmhurst Art Museum (Illinois), Carpe Diem (Lisbon, Portugal), Museu de Arte de Ribeirão Preto (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil), and other galleries and public spaces in Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, and United States.
Nicole Seisler is an interdisciplinary artist who creates sculpture, installation, and public art that investigate themes of time, ephemerality, and the overlapping roles of artist/viewer/participant/collaborator. Nicole received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Photography ( Chicago ), Elmhurst Art Museum ( Illinois ), Museum of Fine Arts ( Boston ), Museum of Fine Arts ( Tallahassee ), Armory Arts Center ( West Palm Beach ), CMA North Gallery ( Seattle ) Customs House ( Sydney ), Alto Galleria ( Brussels ), and Flash Atoyle ( Izmir, Turkey ) . Nicole has been awarded multiple public art grants in Boston and New York City, and she is currently a Full-Time Lecturer of Ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Public Walks: Saturdays: April 11 • April 18 • April 25
The identity of the Lower East Side is tied to its consistently changing physical, cultural, and social landscape. Shifting Impressions embraces this essence by incorporating change and evolution into the design of the exhibition, as well as presenting three new public walks performed by City Souvenirs. Each walk will focus on various sites of the neighborhood through three different conceptual lens that highlight its heterogeneous identity. The first walk will explore the neighborhood’s embedded immigrant history, the second walk will engage with its historically artistic identity, and the last walk will examine the unidentified spaces of future change.
City Souvenirs will embark on each walk from Cuchifritos Gallery, where participants can join them. Together the group will share anecdotes about their past experiences in the neighborhood and make impressions of the sites with porcelain clay, contributing to the collective experience of each individual walk. Participants can choose to stay for the entire length of the walk, which is approximately one hour, or just a portion, while new participants can join from the street at any point during the walk. All walks will begin at 4pm Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space.
City Souvenirs, Walk 1
On Saturday, April 11, City Souvenirs will venture into the LES with an eye toward the neighborhood’s diverse cultural heritage and immigrant history. Join the artists as they explore the streets and sites including Eldridge Street Synagogue, Seward Park, and others.
City Souvenirs, Walk 2
On April 18, City Souvenirs will examine the artistic identity of the LES by looking at sites integral to artists in the late 70s, 80, and 90s. The artists will visit places critical to the neighborhood’s artistic community, such as ABC No Rio and the Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural and Educational Center, and consider the impact of space on the work and life of artists at the time and its influence on the trajectory of contemporary art.
City Souvenirs, Walk 3
Finally on April 25, City Souvenirs will take participants on an experimental and contemplative walk that will focus on the changing landscape of the LES over time. By identifying sites of past and future change, the artists hope to engage in a dialogue about the different ways people experience unused and overlooked spaces, and the different ways they are reimagined into possibilities for new connections and relationships.