Greetings from B56 at MANA BSMT!!

As my residency with the International Sculpture Center wraps up, I would like to share the immense growth this opportunity has afforded my practice.

This sixth month season of research and experimentation has enabled me to depart from my traditional materials of cement and oil paint towards found object, sound, and the digital editing of images. The work has also evolved conceptually, while placing me in a community of seasoned artists and designers. Coinciding with the residency I have been applying for graduate programs and attended three interviews this month. Several of my neighboring artists at MANA have already experienced the application and admittance process and their feedback was essential in me producing a refined, well-thought application. I am now awaiting the final responses from the universities and look forward to sharing good news on the next step I am taking in my career.

Contained Okra Study exhibited during The Colored Museum along with some earlier works.

Since my last post I have exhibited at Princeton Theological Seminary for the Black History Month exhibition titled The Colored Museum, as well as On the Edge a group show at the Trenton City Museum. I have also been included as participating artist in Occupy Museum’s Debt Fair, for the Whitney Biennal at the Whitney Museum. You can view my work on digital display at the Whitney starting March 17th, the exhibition runs through June 11th 2017.

For more info on this year’s Whitney Biennal click here.

Alongside of the continuation of current projects, I have begun a landscape wall installation as an exploration on the global anxiety of permeated borderlands. The image below is one that I am in the process of editing for my duo show with Katie Hovencamp, that will be opening at the end of April. As I print, modify, and rescan this image new possibilities emerge for its final form. I currently envision this work printed large-scale on a vinyl decal. I will be installing the work to best suite the space it will be exhibiting in.

Divisioria, (reference title) was influenced by a talk I attended recently between C.J. Alvarez and Sarah Lopez on the historical architecture of the border between Mexico and the United States and the differing security measures that have existed over the years. Divisioria is not specifically about U.S./Mexico relations, but is concerned with the dialogue to enforce borders and the fear of close or distant neighboring nations as threatening.

Reads:
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, by Coco Fusco

Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America
, by William Frey

Recent Exhibitions and Talks:
Police and Infrastructure in the U.S.-Mexico Borderland, talk at Princeton University School of Architecture

Mateo López: Undo List
, The Drawing Center, Jan 20, 2017 – Mar 19, 2017

Jackshainman Gallery

Absolutely favorite New York gallery, every show is a must see.
RICHARD MOSSE / HEAT MAPS / February 2 – March 11, 2017
YOAN CAPOTE / PALANGRE / February 2 – March 11, 2017
ENRIQUE MARTINEX CELAYA/ THE GYPSY CAMP / March 16 – April 22, 2017

Wangechi Mutu: Ndoro Na Miti
, Gladstone Gallery
January 27 – March 25, 2017

¡CUBA!
, American Museum of Natural History
November 21, 2016 – August 13, 2017

Be well and create well,

Emily Nelms Perez

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