Work by Nina Bovasso, Jean Shin, and John F. Simon, Jr.
at the University at Albany Art Museum, University at Albany,
State University of New York
June 28 through September 11, 2005
Artists’ Reception: Tuesday, June 28, 5:00-7:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
ALBANY, NY--- The University Art Museum is pleased to announce that Nina Bovasso, Jean Shin and John F. Simon, Jr. will each present new works in three concurrent exhibitions opening this summer.
The museum’s first floor will feature Accumulations, site-specific
installations by Jean
Shin. Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1971, Shin currently
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Shin’s expansive installations
begin with a collection of discarded objects like broken umbrellas,
worn shirts, old leather shoes, or outdated eyeglasses. Through
a series of contemplative alterations she transforms these
items into visually arresting assemblages of form, color, and
texture that reveal the potential for new entities in the forgotten
scraps that surround our daily life. Shin’s most recent installation, Pill
Bottles, will incorporate thousands of empty donated prescription
bottles to create a massive structure in the center of the
museum’s first floor gallery. While each donated bottle represents
one patient’s medical need, the staggering volume of bottles
in Shin’s installation suggests multiple readings of contemporary
pill consumption— from its life-saving potential to the more
dangerous implications of excessive use. Comprised of a singular
inorganic element, Shin’s installation takes on an organic
life of its own as its hive-like form metastasizes within the
Shin recently participated in the Projects series at the Museum
of Modern Art in New York and has had solo exhibitions at Socrates
Sculpture Park in Queens (2003); Frederieke Taylor Gallery in
New York City (2004); and Apex Art in New York City (1999). Selected
group exhibitions include Make It Now at the SculptureCenter
in Long Island City, Queens (2005); Counter
Culture at the New
Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City (2004); Open
House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (2004); and
Custom Fit at Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn (2003). She was
an Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia
(2004) and a recipient of The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
Biennial Art Award (2001).
The second floor exhibition, Deep
in my heart there's a house that can hold almost all of you,
will feature recent works on paper and new wall drawings by Nina
Bovasso. At once playful and fastidious, Bovasso’s images
are constructed with an eye toward decorative ornament and rigorous
abstraction that evoke influences as diverse as Philip Guston,
60s textile design, and Charles M. Schulz. Her drawings feature
tightly orchestrated color and complex clusters of dots, ellipses,
eddies, and patchwork swirls that burst across the surface like
a chaotic-force-field on the verge of an indecipherable transformation.
By merging several large-scale works on paper with the museum’s
surrounding architecture, Bovasso’s wall
drawings extend her inclusive vision of “turning a calm gesture
into something heroic or elevating the hopeless toward the inspirational.”
Born in New York City in 1965, Nina Bovasso currently lives and works in New York City and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2005); The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2005); Aliceday, Brussels, Belgium (2005); Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy (2004); and Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco (2002). Her work is included in the Prague Biennale 2: Extended Painting, Prague, Czech Republic (2005). She received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award (2001), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2001), and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2000).
John F. Simon, Jr.’s exhibition, Stacks,
Loops and Intersections: Code Sketches,
in the museum’s West Gallery will feature new video projections that expand
on his computer-based work. Although digitally-driven, his ongoing explorations
into how the software age affects the creative process share an art historical
kinship with the range of choices that artists like Josef Albers, Paul Klee,
and Piet Mondrian faced in the realization of their art work. Charting the
infinite variety of compositions and combinations found within a given aesthetic
system, Simon’s projects include an online attempt to visualize infinity, a
series of wall-mounted LCD screens that display perpetual color and pattern
shifts based on Midtown Manhattan traffic patterns, and an installation of
digitally laser cut tiles that turns the familiar symmetry of a centuries-old
floor design into an open ended computer generated image.
Born in Louisiana
in 1963, John F. Simon, Jr. lives and works in New York City. Simon has
had recent solo exhibitions at Sandra Gering Gallery in New York
City (2005, 2002); Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana
(2005); Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee (2004);
SITE Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2002); and Sandra Gering
Gallery in New York City (2002). Selected group exhibitions include
Seeing Double: Emulations in Theory and
Practice at Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum in New York (2004); media
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at Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, Korea (2002); BitStreams at
the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2001); and Selections
from the Permanent Collections at the Los Angeles County Museum
of Art (2001).
In October 2005, The Whitney Museum of American
Art and Printed Matter, Inc. will co-publish Simon’s new software and book,
Mobility Agents: A Computational Sketchbook. Mobility
Agents will be featured
as a ”gate page” on Artport, the Whitney’s online gallery space for commissioned
net projects, at the same time that it becomes available as a book and CD set.
For further information or visual materials, please call
visit our website at www. albany.edu/museum.
SUMMER HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 4 PM