Past Exhibition / The Last Supper
About the Artists
David Abir is an Iranian-American sculptor working with light and sound in large-scale, self-contained environments and sculptures, creating work that oscillates between the physical and the spiritual. His current project entitled Tekrar was first commissioned in 2005 for a group show in San Sebastian, curated by Octavia Zaya. The sculpture was then further refined in 2007 when exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art. Tekrar Level Four (2009) will be presented as a permanent installation in Istanbul for the 2011 Istanbul Biennial. In addition to his own work, David has also produced music and sound installations in collaboration with several artists, including Doug Aitken, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat and Shahzia Sikander. He lives and works in New York City.
Barcia-Colombo’s work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one’s imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance-era “cabinets of curiosity”), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.
Barcia-Colombo repurposes everyday objects like blenders, suitcases and cans of Spam® into venues for projecting and inserting videos of people. While making conspicuous references to Marcel Duchamps’ ‘Ready-Mades,’ he also draws from an eclectic range of other influences, from the combines of Robert Rauschenberg and the video spectacles of Aernout Mik to taxonomy texts and anatomical drawings.
Funny You Should Say That
Liubo Borissov is a bricoleur working with digital and organic media. In his works, he explores the interface between art, science and technology. His multimedia installations, performances and digital video paintings have been featured internationally, including the New Interfaces for Musical Expression, ICMC and SIGGRAPH conferences, the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, NYC and the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
He received baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Caltech and a doctorate in Physics from Columbia, where he also studied electro-acoustic music at the Columbia University Computer Music Center. He holds a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch School, where he was a Global Vilar Fellow in the performing arts. He has taught at Harvestworks, the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is currently an assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts.
Best Day Ever, and Hit Counter
Zach Gage is a designer, programmer, conceptual artist and video game designer from New York City. Inspiring thought and discussion by broaching serious topics with humor, his work explores the increasingly blurring line between the physical and the digital.
Head of a Young Woman, I
Sophie Kahn was born in London in 1980, and grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Sophie trained as a photographer and studied in the UK, completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2001. Sophie returned to Melbourne after graduation, studying Spatial Information Architecture at RMIT, where she expanded her practice to include animation, 3d imaging and digital sculpture.
Sophie has presented individual and group exhibitions at artist-run, public and commercial spaces in Melbourne, Australia (Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, West Space, 24Seven, Linden, Monash Gallery of Art, Spacement Gallery), Sydney (Performance Space, Stills Gallery, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales), Seoul (Loop Alternative Art Space), Tokyo (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, DesignFesta, Tokyo Big Sight), Osaka (Arts Aporia), Singapore (Graphite at NTEU) Paris (Musee des Sciences de L’Homme), Washington DC (The Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution), London (Britart.com space) and New York City (Space 414 and the Armory Show). Screenings and festivals include the Japan Media Arts Festival, EMPAC Dance Movies, DANSCAMDANCE, and the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy.
Sophie has lectured and tutored in Photomedia, taught photography and new media at Eyebeam, the International Centre of Photography and in a number of community settings, including to young woman transitioning out of incarceration. She has also been employed by the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she conducted research into 3d medical imaging. Her work has been shortlisted for a number of prizes and awards, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Network for Art and Technology, and the City of Melbourne, and is held in private collections in Australia, Britain and the United States.
Sophie currently lives and works in Brooklyn, and teaches in the Digital Arts Department at Pratt Institute.
Joshua Spodek, is an artist, entrepreneur and former physicist. He works in a medium of his own creation that uses the viewer’s motion to animate still images. Besides a public piece now in Bryant Park, he has shown at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Sex (Manhattan), Art Basel Miami Beach; galleries in Manhattan, Miami, Santa Fe, and more. His commercial works show motion pictures to subway riders moving between stations. He holds a PhD and MBA from Columbia University. Esquire Magazine named him Best and Brightest in their 2003 Genius Issue.