Jennifer Lauren Smith and Andrew Brehm will present a joint lecture and installation walk through of the work on view at 339 Pine St.
Jennifer Lauren Smith will give a lecture about her work, which spans sculpture, sound, video, and installation. Smith is a sculptor and filmmaker whose work explores landscape and place through the lens of partial deafness. Her documentary portraits often stage visual manifestations of sound, recasting muffled decibels as metaphorical visual analogs. In keeping with her interest in the intensity of gestalts experienced in nature, Smith’s installations are often site-specific and experienced in unexpected circumstances.
She received her BA from Reed College in Portland, OR and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Her work has been presented in galleries and film festivals alike, including Emerson Dorsch Gallery (Miami, FL), Pierogi Boiler (Brooklyn, NY), Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA), Finger Lakes Film Festival (Ithaca, NY), The Façade Film Festival (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, (Marl, Germany). In 2015 Smith founded P/H/A/O/N, a presentation space for time-based art in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where she is currently based.
Andrew Brehm will present a lecture, videos and an interactive performance with volunteers from the audience to explores color and synesthesia.
"My works present alternative possibilities for furniture and architecture, and I develop imaginary cultural normalcies often structured around themes of family life or systems of manufacture. My narratives are often seen as both an alternative proposal to, and critique of, the convention being lampooned. Reality is a point of departure; my work thrives on invention. Sculpture is consistently central to my work in all mediums. Three-dimensional
objects are powerful devices for the portrayal of my narrative, and my time-based
work is often derived from the implied use, language, or function of an object.
In 2011 I earned my MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have shown my work in the US and abroad, and in the recent two years had several funded solo exhibitions at Practice (Philadelphia), the Belfry Arts Center (Hornell, NY), and Legion Arts (Grand Rapids, IA). I have lectured on my work and staged performances at ITAE (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Blanton Museum (Austin, TX), Ringling College (Sarasota, FL) and soon at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA. I was awarded a Decentralization Grant by the Arts Council of the Finger Lakes (funded by the NYSCA) and selected among the Top Ten MFA graduates by the VIP Art Fair in 2012. In 2012-13 I was a Bemis Fellow in Omaha, NE.
My recent work has focused on a highly crafted form of paper-mâché mask making,
a technique I learned while working as a festival float-building apprentice under a
master sculptor in New Orleans. I have since found these paper processes to be the
perfect building blocks for my work: paper-mâché has a soft and uncertain material
quality that parallels the shifty and surreal content of my videos. Masks remove the
emphasis on dialogue and facial expression from actors, effectively transforming
performers into choreographed objects.