Each year, the Center for Book Arts offers space, time and support to up to five New York-based emerging artists so they can explore the production and exhibition of artist’s books and related work in year-long residencies. These artists come from all disciplinary backgrounds to learn bookbinding and letterpress techniques and spend the year experimenting with these forms.We are pleased to present an exhibition of the work these artists have created during their time at the Center for Book Arts. Work by all of last year’s 2013 Workspace residents –Cecile Chong, Dahlia Elsayed, Swati Khurana, Kameelah Rasheed, and Jeni Wightman– are on view through June 28th.
These artists are all extraordinarily talented, and their work is not to be missed! To serve as a digital introduction, we are going to shine the spotlight on these gifted individuals in a two-part series.
|Rosita, Esmerelda, Soccoro y Alma, detail|
Cecile was born in Ecuador to Chinese parents. Solo exhibitions include Emerson Gallery Berl
in (upcoming), Honey Ramka Project Space, Figuresworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. In addition to CBA, Cecile has also received fellowships from Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM – Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Cecile’s work is in the collections of El Museo, Citibank Art Advisory and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Central and South America. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, an MA from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.
During her CBA residency, Cecile created several stunning books, including an edition of letterpress printed carousel books, a carousel book made from repurposed book jackets, and encaustic painted books with marbled-paper covers. Additionally, she constructed a beautiful hanging scroll from music tape, a diary, and marbled paper xeroxed on Tyvek.
|Scroll Backwards, by Cecile Chong|
|Grocery Lists (France) by Dahlia Elsayed|
Dahlia Elsayed combines text and imagery to create visually narrative paintings that document internal and external geographies. Her work, influenced by conceptual art, comics, and landscape painting, is informed by autobiography and environment, to create illustrated documents of places and memories. Frequently using the visual language of cartography, Dahlia’s paintings employ symbols of hard data- geologic forms, borders, markers, coastlines – to frame the soft data of the ephemeral, adapting a quantitative schema to the qualitative. Her paintings, prints and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, and solo exhibitions at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the Jersey City Museum. Her work is in the public collections of the The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, New Jersey State Museum, amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Dahlia is Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.
|Satellite Accumulation Art by Dahlia Elsayed|
While in residence she made text-based works, including letterpress grocery lists, that test the visual possibilities of the informal hand-made mark reproduced mechanically.
And the best part is, you don’t have to be satisfied with this virtual introduction because you can meet these featured artists and the rest of our artists-in-residence at the Center! So join us this Friday, June 13th for a talk and reception with our 2013 Workspace Artists-in-Residence and come see the show!
Works by CBAs artists-in-residence are on view currently through June 28, 2014 in the galleries as part of The Center for Book Arts Spring Exhibitions.