Edge Thin is a solo exhibition of works by Alina Tenser, curated by A.I.R’s first Curatorial Fellow Amber Esseiva. The exhibition will be on view from July 1-26, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, July 9th, 6-8pm. The gallery will be closed Saturday and Sunday July 4th weekend.
Tenser is a Ukrainian-born multi-media artist living and working in New York. Edge Thin expands on Tenser’s exploration of the body and its physical relationship to utilitarian objects and surfaces. Like a stone skipping across water, Tenser’s video and sculpture explore the body’s intimate relationship to its surfaces and surroundings. The works have a distinct relationship to the artist, yet they are also recognizable in a quotidian way. Shallow vessels, which she o_en refers to as “trays”, resemble ironing boards and washing basins and carry with them the strength of feminine domesticity. In other works, endurance materials such as spandex and polyester, stretch over forms creating a material glove that refers directly to the familiar fabrics that encase bodies as they physically engage with their everyday existence. Swatches of material also appear in Tenser’s video Chances, as brilliantly colored fabrics cascading within the screen. Tenser’s work isolates objects as fragmented cutouts. Whether screens, boards, vessels, or swatches each object is at once familiar while at times appearing as ghostly traces of utilitarian domesticity. Tenser’s performative gestures walk a tightrope between sculpture and video and tell a narrative, made of pattern and form that operate on various levels: the prep space, performative stage, and lens. The works gently push against one another resulting in a dance of fluid motion and soft physical touch.
Image: Alina Tenser, Chances, 2015, Video
airgallery | 2:40pm, Jun 24
New York NY United States