AC Institute
New York
547 West, 27th Street, 5th Floor
Two exhibitions
dal 28/5/2014 al 25/7/2014
tue-sat 1-6pm, thur 1-8pm

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Two exhibitions

AC Institute, New York

'Foul play' by Joseph Gerard Sabatino combines crude industrial materials with elements of nature. For 'Fanfare for Crossing the Road', Ann-Marie LeQuesne asked musicians, who were dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights, to mimic the digital acoustic crossing sounds that signal to the blind when to cross.

comunicato stampa

an installation by Joseph Gerard Sabatino
May 29 – July 26, 2014

Promo-III-(Work-In-Progress)_webIt’s raw. It’s filth. It’s foul. Soft ground lies beneath your feet while vertical silk pods hover over you. Cold white walls attract sooty charcoal drawings as menacing elements corner you. Shredded rubber mulch smothers the floor and compresses into your soles. Your perspective is altered through multiple dimensions, blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Soot-like charcoal and graphite works blemish perfectly white walls. Industrial velvet cement is encased in sheaths of raw intestine using a meat grinder that both packs and penetrates sheer skin. Cement-filled, cocoon-like casings hang above from scattered, black silk strands, nearly assaulting you in the face. Part structural form, part drawing, and part architectural anomaly piercing space, FOUL PLAY is sure to confront and provoke.

FOUL PLAY combines crude industrial materials with elements of nature. This new body of work is the third overlapping themed installation created within the last two and a half years. In his current exhibition, the artist continues to explore the life cycle of the silkworm, it’s attraction to the mulberry tree and how its phase of life and death forms a natural continuum. Even with the caterpillar’s brief lifespan, the larva feeds and quickly grows. It ultimately spins silk threads around its protective shell, later becoming unwound by an individual, then eventually woven into a luscious silk fabric.

BIO: 7_Lines-In-Black-In-Gray-I,-2014,-(detail)-61-x-48-inches,-black-charcoal-and-graphite-on-Sunray-printing-paper)_webJoseph Gerard Sabatino began his journey as a photographer, but soon expanded into different materials and methods. After receiving his education from Montclair State University and Lorenzo di Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, Sabatino went on to exhibit in a variety of New York and New Jersey venues. Solo exhibitions include the Paterson Museum and The Dryfoos Gallery at Kean University. He has exhibited in Northern Kentucky University’s Underground Railroad exhibition and participated in Bittersweet: The Chocolate Show at Rutgers University. Sabatino was also selected to participate in three consecutive New Jersey Arts Annuals. Internationally, Sabatino has featured work in Florence, Italy as well as in Graz, Austria. The artist was a recipient of Aljira’s Emerge Artist Fellowship Program and was one of ten artists selected nationally for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Miami University’s “National Young Sculptors Competition”. His work has been reviewed or featured in The New York Times, The Herald News, ArtVoices Magazine, The Star-Ledger, The Record and The Jersey City Reporter. This summer Sabatino will install a public work at The Gateway Center II Causeway. He has upcoming solo shows at Solo(s) Project House (Newark,NJ) and R. Jampol Project(s) (NYC) in the fall of 2014.


Fanfare for Crossing the Road
a video by Ann-Marie LeQuesne
May 29 – June 18, 2014

Ann-Marie LeQuesne stages performances with groups of people in public places. Her invitation to participate is an open one. The actions are simple, but are often disrupted or altered by their location. LeQuesne invites both the participation of her collaborators and the attention of those passing by. The action is then filmed or photographed, becoming material for a subsequent restaging from the documentation.

Fanfare for Crossing the Road is an international project that adds ceremony to a common event. Ann-Marie LeQuesne asked musicians, who were dressed in uniforms and positioned beside the traffic lights, to mimic the digital acoustic crossing sounds that signal to the blind when to cross.

The work began in the spring of 2011 in front of the Albert Memorial in London. It has since been performed in Helsinki, Lisbon, Cardiff and New York.

Ann-Marie LeQuesne will feature different videos at the AC Institute every two weeks through July 26, 2014.

FanfareCardiff_webLeQuesne grew up in the United States, but has lived most of her life in the United Kingdom. She has a wide range of experience in collaborative performances, including events in the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain, a performance at the Arsenal Football Grounds, and a staged event on an icebreaker in the Arctic Circle.

In 2012 LeQuesne was funded by Franklin Furnace Foundation to present Fanfare for Crossing the Road – New York. Fanfare for Crossing the Road – Cardiff was commissioned by O:4W, the 4th Wall Film Festival. In March 2014 she exhibited You Are Here – The Annual Group Photograph, 1997-2014, at the Museum of the Photographic Archive in Lisbon.

LeQuesne has received funding from Arts Council England, The British Council, The Arts and Humanities Research Board, London Arts, and the Royal College of Art. She was made a fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2009.

Opening Event: Thursday May 29, 6-8pm

AC Institute
547 W. 27th St, #210 - New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm

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dal 24/9/2014 al 3/10/2014

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