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2023 Open Studios
May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Housing more than 46 visual artists’ studios and 11 visual and performing arts organizations, The Clemente community is thrilled to welcome friends, colleagues, and neighbors back into their home on the Lower East Side. The public is invited to explore this multigenerational community of artists, some of whom have lived and worked in the neighborhood for more than two decades, and residents of participating residency programs. The Clemente stands as a complement and bridge to the area’s current development, housed in the beautiful, former PS 160 designed in 1897 by Charles B. J. Snyder in the Dutch neo-Gothic style.
“Texture, flavor and heat are my work. I’m building a visual Patois, a practice through which I can triangulate myself between the Caribbean, New York and the innumerable cultures and cuisines yet encountered. Layers of luscious whorls draw the viewer into fields of color which operate with coded references to my histories; one, generations-long in the Antilles and another still burgeoning within the Five Boroughs. Through this interplay of motif and materiality, the viewer’s own tethers to comfort, heritage and home are brought into focus.”
Sue Jeong Ka works across disciplines and the resulting works take a range of forms that enhance creative heterodoxy. Even so, all her/their artistic endeavors share the same site and context-specific approach, while most prompt human interactions maneuver operations embedded in existing societal systems. Throughout her/their practice, Ka seeks to open up meaningful dialogue about social contracts imposed on under-recognized subjects: racial, sexual, and social minorities. Ka’s work aims to bypass and undo discriminatory governmental policies for more equitable distribution and use of space. Currently, Ka is working on a project about carceral censorship and intellectual freedom as a visiting scholar at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
Victoire Inchauspé lives and works between Paris and New York. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris in 2022. In 2021, she won the Sarr Prize (American-French prize), and also won the Paris Photo Prize and was selected for the AMMA Sorbonne Prize in 2020. In 2022, she was nominated as the youngest finalist in the history of the SAM Art Prize, created by Sam Art Projects in partnership with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She has exhibited her work numerous times internationally.
Using primarily textiles, ceramics, film, photography, video and painting, Radek Brousil creates installations that address social testimony and present an activist stance on the future’s unpredictability. With his past interest in post-colonial tendencies in the contemporary artistic discourse, Brousil examines these issues on a symbolic, individual, and emotional level. He characterizes social, cultural, and environmental problems using novel interpretations and terminology.