A group of School of Visual Arts alumni are subverting the traditional group show format by spreading their work throughout several galleries in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Curated by faculty member Dan Cameron, “Fragmentation” features nearly three dozen artists who graduated from the MFA Fine Arts Department at SVA displaying in eight different spaces. As in years past, the project grew out of Cameron’s spring seminar, but took a very different shape.
“This year’s exhibition is based on the concept of fragmentation, reflecting the somewhat self-evident fact that the 33 artists who graduated from SVA in May 2011 come from considerably disparate backgrounds, and create a wide range of work,” said Cameron. “In this spirit, the exhibition is hosted by multiple gallery locations in the Lower East Side, none of which are necessarily linked to each other. I envision this project mirroring the condition of its artists and gallery spaces as being simultaneously united and separate, in which nobody belongs but everyone must find a place.”
“Fragmentation” opens on September 7 (with receptions at most participating galleries) and runs as late as October 17. For exact dates, gallery locations, and more info about the show and the artists involved, visit SVA.edu. To view some of the work, visit Fragmentation2011.com.
Image: (top) Theresa Himmer and Pernille Bisgaard, Kitchen Brick, video still; (bottom) Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, The Pool, video still. Images courtesy of the artists.