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The Gallery will be closed from December 12th through January 14th. Please join us on January 15th for the Opening Reception of Disarming Geometries.

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January 15 – March 26, 2017
Disarming Geometries
Featuring the work of hannes bend, Glenn Fischer, Shanti Grumbine, Nicholas Hamilton, Samantha Holmes, Maria Hupfield,Tatiana Istomina, Glendalys Medina, Mitch Paster, Armita Raafat, Martyna Szczesna, Ryan Turley, & Christine Wong Yap

Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2-5 pm

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February 5, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm
Disarming Geometries
A Curator/Artists Tour of the Exibition with Gabriel de Guzman, Nicholas Hamilton,
Maria Hupfield and Glendalys Medina

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Glendalys Medina, Black Alphabet Series B, 2014; Nicholas Hamilton, Chapter 5, Medical History of the Famine by Sir William P. MacArthur (detail), 2016; Maria Hupfield, Jingle Cube, 2016

Please join exhibition curator Gabriel de Guzman and artists Nicholas Hamilton, Maria Hupfield, and Glendalys Medina for a tour of Disarming Geometries. They will discuss various ways in which artists in this exhibition use geometric abstraction to address complicated social and political issues and to grapple with the uncertainties of contemporary life. As they take us through the gallery, they will draw connections among the pieces in the exhibition.

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill in the Bronx. He has also organized exhibitions for Rush Arts Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Carriage Barn Arts Center, Boriqua College, the Affordable Art Fair, New York, as well as The Bronx Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, The Bronx Museum, Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, and NoMAA. He earned an MA in art history from Hunter College and a BA in art history from the University of Virginia.

Born in Northern Ireland, mixed media artist Nicholas Hamilton grew up during the period of sectarian violence in Ireland that has come to be known as “The Troubles.” Currently based in Brooklyn, he has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; The Bronx Museum; Room Gallery, London; Daniel Cooney Fine Art; and Nurture Art. He has participated in The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program and the Vermont Studio Center’s artist residency program. Hamilton earned a BA in theology from Trinity College Dublin and an
MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

Maria Hupfield is a Brooklyn-based artist, originally from Canada, and a member of the Anishinaabe Nation at Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. Recently included in the SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016, she has also been awarded a Painting and Sculpture Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work traveled across Canada for the exhibition Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and has also been shown at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Power Plant, Toronto; and the 7a*11d International Performance Festival. Hupfield’s project Artist Tour Guide was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York, with an iteration at The McCord, Montreal. She received a BA in art and art history from the University of Toronto and an MFA from York University.

Glendalys Medina is a New York-based multi-media artist born in Puerto Rico. Her work has been exhibited at such notable venues as Artists Space, The Bronx Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vigo, Spain. She has been awarded the Yaddo artist residency, the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from the American Academy in Rome, a NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art, and The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program. Medina received a BFA and an MFA from Hunter College.

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February 19, 2017, 2:30-4:00pm
Inspired by Geometry in Islamic Art
A Panel Discussion moderated by Gabriel de Guzman with presentations by physicist, Peter J. Lu and exhibition artists Samantha Holmes and Armita Raafat

Seating will be limited
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Samantha Holmes, Geometric Application XI, 2015; Armita Raafat, Untitled (detail), 2014

Physicist, Peter J. Lu and exhibition artists Samantha Holmes and Armita Raafat will explore connections among geometry, science, and art, looking at pattern in Islamic decoration as a source of inspiration for both scientific findings and creative expressions. Peter J. Lu is recognized for his discoveries of quasicrystal patterns in medieval Islamic architecture. Artist Samantha Holmes reinterprets these geometric designs, distorting them in her work to reflect the disorder of modern life. Armita Raafat’s work incorporates the honeycomb structures of muqarnas, an architectural element found in Islamic interiors, are combined with patterns from modern abstraction, creating a tension between traditional and contemporary elements. The speakers will discuss how contemporary artists are using these patterns from Islamic art and architecture and translating them in ways that give them resonance across disciplines and cultures.

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill in the Bronx. He has also organized exhibitions for Rush Arts Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Carriage Barn Arts Center, Boriqua College, the Affordable Art Fair, New York, as well as The Bronx
Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, The Bronx Museum, Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, and NoMAA. He earned an MA in art history from Hunter College and a BA in art history from the University of Virginia.

Samantha Holmes is a New York-based artist, whose work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Palazzo Fortuny, in conjunction with the 2015 Venice Biennale, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates. She has received public art commissions that include Randall’s Island Park, the ARTPLAY Design Center in Moscow, and the Museum of the City of Ravenna, Italy. Holmes is the recipient of the 2011 International GAEM Art Prize (Young Artists and Mosaic), as well as the 2013 RAM prize for mosaic. She earned a BA in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University and an MFA in experimental mosaic from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Ravenna.

Peter J. Lu is a post-doctoral research fellow in applied physics at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. His discoveries of girih tiles, quasicrystal patterns in medieval Islamic architecture, early precision compound machines in ancient China, and evidence of the first use of diamonds as a tool in Neolithic China are widely acclaimed. He earned a B.A. in physics from Princeton and a PhD in physics from Harvard University.

Armita Raafat is a New York-based sculptor and installation artist, who was born in Chicago and raised in Tehran, Iran. Raafat’s work has been presented in exhibitions in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York; Garris & Hahn Gallery, New York; Kepco Center, Seoul, Korea; and the Institute of Woman and Art at Rutgers University. She is a recipient of awards and residencies including LMCC Swing Space, the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts studio program, a Peter S. Reed Foundation grant for sculpture, and a NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture/Crafts. Raafat holds a BFA from Al-Zahra University in Tehran and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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March 26, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm
Performing Geometries
A Performance by Shanti Grumbine and Short Film Screening by Tatiana Istomina
followed by a Conversation with the Artists and Exhibition Curator, Gabriel de Guzman

Seating will be limited
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Tatiana Istomina, Helene's Story (work in progress, film still), 2016-17;
Shanti Grumbine, The Last Color: A Reliquary (performance still), 2016

In Shanti Grumbine’s performative reading, The Last Color: A Reliquary, the artist recites text that imagines a post-apocalyptic collapse of language and the rediscovery of communion through engagement with the plastic sleeves that protect the daily newspaper. Tatiana Istomina will present an excerpt of the work in progress, Helene’s Story, a collaborative multimedia project she is creating with Montreal-based puppet artist Mona Sharma. Following the performances, exhibition curator Gabriel de Guzman will lead a conversation with Grumbine and Istomina. They will discuss how the artists’ performance projects add another dimension to their visual art pieces on view in the gallery and how they relate to ongoing themes in their overall work. The artists will also talk about shared topics of interest, including the use of abstract symbols in language and for communicating beliefs and dogma.

Shanti Grumbine is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at venues such as The Bronx Museum, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, A.I.R Gallery, Magnan Metz Gallery, Planthouse Gallery, and International Print Center New York. She has participated in artist residencies at the Millay Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo, Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and LABA Fellowship at the 14th Street Y. Grumbine is currently on a yearlong residency through the RAIR Fellowship program in Roswell, NM. She received an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tatiana Istomina is a New York-based artist and art critic whose background in scientific data analysis has informed her creative practice. Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at The Drawing Center, Planthouse Gallery, The Bronx Museum, Gallery Aferro in Newark, Gallery Augusta in Helsinki, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, and Art Palace in Houston, TX. Residencies include Spillways, Yaddo, Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at The Bronx Museum, Soho20 summer studio, and Core at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Her critical writing has been published in Art in America, Arte Fuse, and The Brooklyn Rail. She earned a PhD in physics from Yale University and an MFA from Parsons School of Design.

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill in the Bronx. He has also organized exhibitions for Rush Arts Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), Carriage Barn Arts Center, Boriqua College, the Affordable Art Fair, New York, as well as The Bronx Museum’s 2013 AIM Biennial. His writings have been published in catalogues for Wave Hill, The Bronx Museum, Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, The Jewish Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, and NoMAA. He earned an MA in art history from Hunter College and a BA in art history from the University of Virginia.

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