New York Fall Exhibition Highlights: Elektra KB, Katherine Bernhardt and Julie Schenkelberg

October 5, 2015

The fall exhibition season in New York hits full stride with three must-see solo shows by SVA alumni that explore everything from migration and sense of place, to architectural decay and domestic destruction.

Ukraine-born artist Elektra KB’s (BFA 2012 Visual and Critical Studies) latest multimedia exhibition “The Accidental Pursuit of the Stateless” explores issues related to migration, mobility, transculturality and sense of place. Informed by the current experience of migrant women around the world, KB’s politically-charged work also examines totalitarianism and revolution, as played out in The Theocratic Republic of Gaia, the artist’s fictional utopian-dystopian world. On view at BravinLee, 526 West 26th Street, #211, through October 17.

reef425“Pablo and Efrain,” an exhibition of new work by Katherine Bernhardt (MFA 2000 Fine Arts), takes its name from the twin artists behind the collective Poncili Creacion, whom the artist met during a recent residency in Puerto Rico. Blending fine art with kitsch, Bernhardt’s latest paintings depict items both specific to the lush landscape of Puerto Rico and her personal affinity for novel and mundane commodities. On view at Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, through October 24.

swan425“Embodied Energies” by installation artist Julie Schenkelberg (MFA 2011 Fine Arts) examines architectural decay, historical detritus and domestic destruction. For her third solo exhibition at this gallery, Schenkelberg has created a site-specific installation entitled Swan Song, made from material found at salvage yards, thrift stores and through scouring for family heirlooms. On view at Asya Geisberg Gallery, through October 24.

Images from top down: Trailer for The Accidental Pursuit of the Stateless by Elektra KB; Katherine Bernhardt, Reef, 2015, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96 x 120 inches; and Julie Schenkelberg, Swan Song, 2015.

 

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