SVA presents “X & Y,” a new exhibition of sculpture and paintings that use the grid as the primary structural element, featuring work by recent MFA Fine Arts Department graduate Yoon Jee Nam and current student Tina ManWarren Roche-Kelly. Using grids as her basic element of construction, Nam uses hand-drawn lines to give a personal presence to pure geometry. With visual references to Agnes Martin and Yayoi Kusama, her work navigates a territory between obsessive complexity and simple elegance. Roche-Kelly uses common objects, such as paper clips and lunch bags, to create large-scale sculptures that comment on the rituals of everyday life. Born in a small upstate New York farming community, the artist employs skills learned from a family of builders, bakers and farmers.
“X & Y” is on view at the Westside Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, August 7 – September 6. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, August 8, 5 – 7pm.
Image: Tina ManWarren Roche-Kelly, Quilt, 2007.