Marginalia: Open Sessions 10 declares our present geo-political and ideological constructs to be permeable and malleable. The artists in this exhibition view borders and barriers as material through which to build new avenues of both trespass and solidarity. Marginalia features Daniel Bejar, Ana Peñalba, Sue Jeong Ka, Carolyn Lambert, Srinivas Mangipudi, Irini Miga, and Rodrigo Valenzuela.
Drawing is a mode of inquiry throughout the exhibition Valenzuela visualizes the American dream in deserted landscapes; Bejar traverses communities tenuously linked through political maneuvering; Peñalba sketches visionary architecture from the waste of the present; Ka explores the aesthetics of deportation; Miga archives tender and almost unnoticeable gestures; Lambert finds legible marks deep in Arctic ice; and Mangipudi creates notebooks inviting strangers to add their marginalia.
Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway
Daniel Bejar’s Re-districting is a project that illuminates gerrymandered Congressional and State Senate districts through site-specific walks with a GPS device, tracking the artist’s walk and his body as a drawing instrument. Bejar traced the borders of New York Senate District 20 during a 12 hour and 32.04 mile journey, redrawing of New York State District 20 to reveal the absurdity of its shape.
Sue Jeong Ka takes an interventionist approach to art and law in the US governmental apparatus; her work operates within the framework of institutional and postcolonial critiques. Race and immigrant issues in the United States inform her most recent and ongoing project, ID Shop.
Carolyn Lambert uses video and installation to address issues of place, territory, and the relationships that humans have with their environments. The Solastalgia Cycle, an ongoing body of work, takes climate change and extinction as a premise for considering the affective experience of living in the present.
Srinivas Mangipudi uses drawing as a mechanism for cognitive learning and as a dialogue between thought and action, along with interdisciplinary mediums involving visualization, sound, social interactions and computer programming.
Irini Miga is a visual artist based in New York City. Her installations investigate the fragmentary nature of memory and its relationship to actual objects in order to manipulate the understanding of our physical spaces. By combining sculpture with painterly qualities, her work points to shifting relationships between representation, abstraction and materiality.
Ana Peñalba is an architect. She investigates the intangible forms of the city. Her "buildings" both distort and clarify the limits between reality and fiction. Her architecture is made of the sounds, images, objects, and forms of the present, which remind us of the past while creating an architectural fiction for our future.
Rodrigo Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories that point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. In his work, autobiographical threads inform larger universal fields of experience. His work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency.