PARAFICTION: An Exhibition of Implausabilities
Nina Behrle, Jesse Chun, Kentaro Ikegami, Pastiche Lumumba, Andrew Ross
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Curated by Victoria Seacrest
924 Lincoln Road | ArtCenter/South Florida
19 April through 21 May, 2017
Opening Reception: 19 April, 7-9pm, with performances by MFU: Miami residents Zain Alam and Juan Ledesma
The Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) is proud to present, in collaboration with ArtCenter/South Florida, a group exhibition featuring resident artists from the MFU: New York Studio & Teaching Program. Curated by Victoria Seacrest, the interdisciplinary show includes works created by the artists while in-residence at BHQFU’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY. “Parafiction” is loosely defined by art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty as an emergent genre of artwork that plays in the overlap between fact and fiction. Behrle, Chun, Ikegami, Lumumba, and Ross each interprets “parafiction” through their individual lenses of lived experience, personal critical frameworks, and studio practices. In a climate of "alternative facts" and "post-truths," their recent works have all either directly or indirectly synthesized today's politics into engagements with data interpretation, unreliable narration, mistranslation, historical revisionism, and speculations about future identities and intimacy. Or maybe they don't.
About the Artists:
Nina Behrle graduated from Mason Gross at Rutgers in 2014. Her 3D kinetic work bridges the worlds of sculpture, prop design, and comedy. She is a figurative sculptor, figuratively speaking. Behrle currently teaches Skill Yourself at BHQFU.
Jesse Chun is an interdisciplinary artist from Seoul, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto. Her work engages with the elements of language, context, and found sources to investigate the modes of belonging and locating. Chun has exhibited internationally in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Turkey, and Germany. Select reviews include Artforum, the Wall Street Journal, the Korea Times, Asia Literary Review, Vice, Hyperallergic, and Art21. She currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Chun currently teaches ESL: Transcultural Poetics at BHQFU.
Kentaro Ikegami is here to steal your country's most precious technology: your heart. He enjoys beating white men at their own game. Consequently, he is an accomplished golfer and conceptual artist. Ikegami is part of "Don't Follow the Wind," a collective of artists and curators that made an exhibition inside the evacuated, radioactive exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant owned by TEPCO. Ikegami currently teaches Inside the Artists Studio at BHQFU.
Pastiche Lumumba is an artist, curator, writer, etc. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised in Houston, Tanzania, and Atlanta. His multidisciplinary work which examines the element of context and its effect on subjective experience has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2013, Lumumba founded The LOW Museum and has since served as executive director. Lumumba currently teaches #RealNiggaOurs: Memes and Contemporary Culture (or "Curtis") at BHQFU.
Andrew Ross is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn. Ross received his BFA from The Cooper Union and has been a participant of Skowhegan, LMCC's Swing Space, Atelier Mondial, and Open Sessions at The Drawing Center. Ross's work has been exhibited at institutions including The Drawing Center, Artists Space Books and Talks, The James Gallery at CUNY Center for the Humanities, Signal Gallery, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Ross currently teaches Post-Fact Studio at BHQFU.
The Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) is New York's Freest Art School. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, it is a learning experiment where artists work together to manifest creative, productive, resistant, useless, and demanding interactions between art and the world. BHQFU offers a variety of 100% tuition-free classes throughout the year, and produces curated exhibitions, performance nights, studio residency programs, film screenings, an annual book fair, and an artist lecture series. BHQFU is proudly unaccredited and offers no degree.
About the MFU: New York Studio & Teaching Residency Program
The MFU: New York Studio & Teaching Residency Program is a selective, one-year engagement that gives five artists 24/7 access to The Bruce High Quality Foundation Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Residents participate in a tailored curriculum that critiques contemporary art education and explores notions of radical pedagogy. In the spring semester of their residency program, each artist leads a free course of their own design to the BHQFU community.
INSTALLATION VIEW: Nina Behrle, center
MFU: Miami artists-in-residence: Juaun Ledesma and Zain Alam performing at the opening
MFU: New York artists-in-residence, L-R: Jesse Chun, Pastiche Lumumba, Nina Behrle, Andrew Ross, Kentaro Ikegami