NYC Exhibitions: SVA Alumni John Arsenault, Amy Elkins and Kate Gilmore

December 11, 2014

Current alumni exhibitions in New York City explore topics ranging from nature and technology to capital punishment and female identity.

rose200John Arsenault (BFA 1999 Photography) presents “For You!,” a photography exhibition focused on one of art’s most enduring subjects, flowers. Known for his striking self-portraits, Arsenault now demonstrates a tender side through the romanticism and quiet beauty of roses. As an additional departure, photographs were taken using an Iphone and critiqued on Instagram, allowing modern technology to streamline the process of capturing nature. On view at ClampArt, 531 West 25th Street, through December 20.

Amy Elkins (BFA 2007 Photography) was awarded the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize for her works “Parting Words” and “Black is the Day, Black is the Night,” which explore capital punishment and its surrounding complexities. Now in the form of an exhibition, Elkins’ portfolios include letters she exchanged with prisoners on death row, portraits of prisoners already executed, and images of items associated with inmates’ emotional landscapes. On view at Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, December 13 through January 29.

Kate Gilmore (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) presents “Wall Bearer,” a 10′ x 28′ billboard at the entrance of Socrates Sculpture Park that documents her 2011 performance piece of the same name. “Wall Bearer” depicts a series of women dressed in identical pink dresses standing alone, secluded from one another, each in her own individual pink alcove. Gilmore’s work explores contemporary power dynamics and female identity.  On view at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Queens, through March 22.

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