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New Works: 13.3

Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA
November 14, 2013 – January 1, 2014



Curator : Paola Morsiani, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York
Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of its International Artist-in-Residence exhibition. Micol Assaël (Rome, Italy), Ivor Shearer (Houston, Texas), and Erin Shirreff (New York, New York) – selected by guest curator Paola Morsiani.

Italian artist Micol Assaël employs elements of science, mechanics, and natural phenomena to her artwork. Interested in the relationship of the body and the communication at play between her work and the viewer, she often requires her audience to take risks. Developed in cooperation with the Moscow Physics Research Institute, Chizhevsky Lessons (2007) transformed the Kunsthalle Basel exhibition space into an electromagnetic field delivering a noticeable electric charge to viewers. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions worldwide including Fomuska at Museion in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy (2010) and Gakona at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2009). She is the recipient of the PinchukArtCentre’s The Future Generation Art Prize 2012, and was included in the 28th Biennial of São Paulo (2008); Berlin Biennale (2006); Venice Biennale (2003/2005); and the Moscow Biennale (2005).

Ivor Hartley Shearer is an artist working with film, video, and installation. He lives and works in Houston, Texas. His work has shown nationally and internationally in museums and film festivals, including the Wexner Center for the Arts and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has an MFA from Columbia University (2010), and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program (2011). He was recently a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2012 Biennial Award.

Working in multi-media, New York-based artist Erin Shirreff’s work encourages the viewer to see objects in new ways: unsettling spacial and sensory experience by creating sculptural works specifically for the camera that confuse perception; layering still photographs in video to present a new experience of the Moon or James Turrell’s great unfinished Roden Crater work (2009); exploring myriad interferences of glare and shadow at play on a computer screen; and presenting only one façade of a familiar Tony Smith work in an outdoor commission, Sculpture for Snow. Shirreff holds an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Her work has been presented in numerous in solo and group exhibitions including Inside the White Cube at the White Cube, London; Lake at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Locker Plant at the Chinati Foundation, Marfa; and Still, Flat, and Far at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

Paola Morsiani assumed her current position as Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College in July 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, she held the position of Curator of Contemporary Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She previously held the position of Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from 1999 to 2008, where she curated exhibitions that include Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and Subject Plural: Crowds in Contemporary Art, as well as Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist. In 2005, Morsiani’s Andrea Zittel exhibition was awarded Best Design and Architectural Exhibition by the International Association of Art Critics/USA.

Artpace is a contemporary art center located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, with residencies, exhibitions, and education programs that nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Since opening its doors in 1995, Artpace has welcomed more than 180 artists through its renowned International Artist-in-Residence program. Three residences each feature one Texas artist, one national artist, and one international artist, who are selected by a notable guest curator. Each eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition on site. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks.

Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio
Photo by Mark Menjivar.


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