NYC Exhibitions: SVA Alumni Jenny Morgan, Lisa Ruyter and Trish Tillman

May 29, 2015

Memories of the past, the subconscious fear of death, and ritual are some of the subjects explored in three new exhibitions by SVA alumni.

jenny200Jenny Morgan‘s (MFA 2008 Fine Arts) latest exhibition of paintings  “All We Have is Now,” focuses on life, death and rebirth. Rendered in intense hues and saturated color, these charged psychological works question one’s relationship to the past and challenge the viewer to live in the present. On view at Driscoll Babcock, 525 West 25th Street, through July 3.

Lisa Ruyter‘s (BFA 1992 Fine Arts) “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” is her third exhibition of paintings based on Depression-era photographs from the Library of Congress’s Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection. Bringing new life and jarring color to many of the more obscure images in the collection, Ruyter adds unusual dimension to a bygone era. On view at Eleven Rivington, 11 Rivington Street and 135 Chrystie Street, through July 3.

praise425Trish Tillman‘s (MFA 2009 Fine Arts) exhibition of sculptures, “Insoluble Bonds,” mixes straps of leather, costume jewelry, rope and human hair with industrial materials. Tillman’s sculptural components drape, hang or penetrate—and often conflict with one another, adding tension. Tillman’s work explores gender play, ritual and the presentation of the self. Asya Geisberg Gallery, 537 West 23rd Street, though July 3.

trish425Images from top down: Jenny Morgan, Skeleton Woman, 2015, oil on canvas, 82 x 58 inches; Lisa Ruyter, painting from “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”; and Trish Tillman, Second Shift, 2015, wood, stainless steel, leather, 45.5″ x 31.75″ x 2.5″.

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