Opening Reception and Artist Gallery Talk, 8 October, 5-7 pm
Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; Real Art Ways; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; and Performa 09; and has been written about in Sculpture Magazine, Artforum.com, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21’s blog. Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. She is currently working on a solo museum show for the Chrysler Museum of Art (fall 2014). She teaches at Parsons: The New School for Design.
My current work is focused on the meanings of different kinds of hybridity. In part, this project developed out of my own experience as a black, white, and Japanese American woman. But the project also emerges from my broader interest in exploring how hybridities (of cultures, races, and ethnicities; humans and machines; etc.) are becoming more apparent, but also more fraught and confounding in American society.
My ongoing science fiction inspired project, The Empathics, is about fictional humans who physically and culturally metamorphose as they merge identities and cross species, taking on characteristics of various cultures while becoming a fusion of animal and plant. The material culture and biology of the Empathics is the synthesis of diverse sources. I take seemingly non-coherent combinations, create fantastical bodies that connect with people’s real bodies, situate them in habitable new worlds, and activate them in performance and video.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm
Artist website: www.sayawoolfalk.com
For more information please contact Jina Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: Aerial Display (Blossoming), 2012, 10’ x 20’ x 2’. Latex wall drawing, fleece, wool, felt, plastic beads, plastic bones, feathers, abaca paper, glitter shoes, spandex. Installation shot from Third Streaming, NYC, courtesy of the artist