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Studio Update from Alumna Alyssa Miserendino

April 23, 2020

Happy Earth Day

I’d like to share with you, what makes my heart grow, during what I call the “lifting of the veil.” Celebrate this day, and everyday quite frankly, by giving where you can, and receiving where you need. Infinite abundance is all around us, and we are here to figure out how to share and receive it all, together. What will you seed, during our biggest opportunity yet, to come together? …and what will you let go of, that no longer serves you, that no longer serves us?

If your call is to seed more pause during this global shabbat, to understand the depth of sadness, of pain, of mortality, of ah-ha moments, of silence; then allow yourself to listen, just listen, and discern for yourself how to simply BE. Wherever we are is exactly where we are to BE.

First, is a new sound commission, titled Coancoannamed after the Cofán “trickster” spirit of legends, or what I call the “cosmic joke.” I recorded this during the first half of March, in the Ecuadorean Amazon. I am grateful to have made it home before flights were halted, with only 10 minutes to spare. I had little idea about what was happening while I was off the grid, but believe my spirit tends to place me into such experiences to share what is possible. This piece manifested during such a powerful time. The earth is quieter than it has ever been, during any of our lives, even on an infrasonic level – an opportunity to listen, to really listen. Both a 10 minute binaural excerpt of the 24-hour sound piece, and an impromptu conversation with Gordon Hempton are accessible on the project page, where we speak about listening, giving, taking, vulnerability and fear.

Second, a small team and myself continue to work on ode to Heisenberg + De Maria. I am thankful for the continued support in building this project (see credits half way down the project page). I don’t know how this piece will manifest, but my heart continues to create what I believe in. The spark of its creation was driven by the potential impact of understanding and the embodiment of non-linear time/networks – systems akin to fungi.

Third, is a commission, titled Plant Waves, which was created for the medicinal garden, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hope this finds you tending your internal gardens.

Last, I share with you a few favorite personal resources to help artists, the Cofán, Quiet Parks International and the estimated 16.7 million undocumented workers AND those living in mixed immigration homes, who will not have access to the CARES Act stimulus check, in the United States. If you can give or need to receive, click on logos below OR do a simple search within your community.

Let us write our new normal, together, so we can play on! …and to close out, written by a friend, a love letter from your fear, so as to “stop posing as divine creatures; decide to become them again instead…in a fluid and polycentric world.”

Envisioning our health, our new creations to steer us together and a deep connection to all potential that is within you,
Alyssa Miserendino

Garza-cocha lake, Ecuador, photo by Nick McMahan

portrait above: Garza-cocha lake, Ecuador ©Nick McMahan

Alyssa Miserendino

107 Hill Street

CarrboroNC 27510

PhD Candidate Brantly Moore receives Graduate School Fellowships

April 14, 2020

Congratulations to Brantly Moore, who has been awarded the UNC Graduate School’s Werner P. Friederich Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship (for study in the humanities with travel to Switzerland, if possible) and Summer Research Fellowship.

Alumnus Kevin Justus Gives TEDxTucson Talk: Architecture as Portraiture

March 24, 2020

Let’s examine the Petit Trianon, a small retreat in the gardens of the palace at Versailles created by Louis XV as a portrait. What does this home tell us about this powerful king? Kevin Justus, PhD (UNC-CH 2002), is an independent art historian, writer, and musician. He specializes in and publishes on the patronage of Louis XV and Versailles. Although based in Tucson, he works yearly at the Research Center at Versailles creating a monumental photographic database to assist in scholarly research. He is a Chateaubriand scholar and French Ambassadorial Laureate.

Paradise of Pleasure by alumnus Mike Keaveney at the ArtsCenter Carrboro

March 6, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, March 13th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Paradise of Pleasure
Photographs by Mike Keaveney

Artist Statement

“That nothing last forever is perhaps our favorite thing to forget. And forgetting is the ruin of memory, its collapse, decay, shattering and eventual fading away into nothingness.” Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007) 254.

At the core of photography is a resistance to forgetting, decay and fading away. Each recorded image rips a moment from time in an attempt at preservation. However, with every exposure to light, air and time, images degrade, technologies become obsolete and context is lost. Leaving behind futile attempts at permanence, abandoned archives and outdated recording devices.

These forgotten archives and obsolete technologies become the raw materials for my practice. Through re-use, assemblage, erasure and digital manipulation I bring attention to photography’s ephemerality, our inherent need to record and preserve. In Halos of Happiness I collected and assembled found 4×6 landscape photographs. Using bleach as an erasure tool and varnish as a resistor, I manipulated them into representations of the state of the materials and the landscapes they represent. Fading archives, chemistry, and technology; baring traces of the past but deteriorating from every direction.

Photography mimics the entropic nature of the world it attempts to preserve, a site of transient moments and landscapes. Within the United States it is difficult to understand the landscape, no matter how many representations are made of it. It appears to have hidden its own history, traces dissolved and architecture demolished. Devoid of the romantic ruins of the past, what remains is a utopic fantasy of progression. Paired with photography’s ties to representation I create futile attempts at understanding a landscape vibrating in a constant state of creation and deterioration.

Exhibition runs March 1st-31st, 2020

Associate Professor Hồng-Ân Trương Video Piece On View at Block2 Gallery in Raleigh

March 6, 2020

4 single-channel videos, black and white with sound, 21 minutes.
Hồng-Ân Trương

Jan. 31 – March 22, 2020
On display every night from sundown to 3 a.m. and each First Friday

Exploring the history of French and American colonialism in Vietnam, these videos use found historical footage – all shot on or before 1954, the year that marked the end of French occupation but the beginning of U.S. involvement – to consider postcolonial subjectivity and nostalgia, and the uneasy division between the “mythic” and the “real” past. Playing with the notion that nostalgia can be evoked without memory or experience (but through the experience of images and the imaginary landscape of images), the videos suggest the co-dependent relationship between the West’s present and the Other’s desire for that present-modernity.

The archive is approached through the double, where colonial sound and scenes are mirrored against each other, split, and repeated. Bifurcated screens and juxtaposition become simple techniques whereby the “real” and by extension, its historical referent, are permanently deferred objects, further diminished through the overdubbed narratives in Vietnamese or French.  Much of the footage suggests the impact of Catholicism, which, unlike the vestiges of colonialism left on the Vietnamese social landscape in the form of architecture, cuisine, and street names, instead marks the body: a transcendent and mystical stain made corporeal. The historical trace asks: What happens when the Other becomes a specter from within?

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Faculty Joy Drury Cox Solo Exhibition at Asphodel in New York City

March 2, 2020

Joy Drury Cox

Prone and Plumb
Brooklyn, NY
March 5th – April 18th

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5th
6 – 9 pm

Asphodel presents PRONE AND PLUMB, an exhibition of new graphic works by JOY DRURY COX, opening on Thursday, March 5 and on view through Saturday, April 18.

Please join us for the artist reception on Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 9 pm.

Prone carries the weight of physical pain—immovable, exhausted—often following a substantial expression of energy. Plumb, on the other hand, is upright, energetic—though ultimately enervating. In three new series of drawings, Joy Drury Cox represents this pair of semantic antipodes as palindromic conceptual drawings, exercising what the artist terms “line dialectics.” Cox’s interdisciplinary artistic practice includes drawing, artist’s books, texts, and photography. Her works consider mapping, making, measuring, and marking and their variables roles in the politics of labor and the structures of everyday life.

Joy Drury Cox was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1978 and received a BA in English from Emory University and an MFA from the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2003 and is the author of three artist’s books: STRANGER, OLD MAN AND SEA, and OR, SOME OF THE WHALE. Most recently, Cox co-authored a photography book with her partner, Ben Alper, titled COMPOUND FRACTURES featuring photographs of caves taken in the Southeastern United States. Her works are included in private and public collections, including the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cox is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at UNC-Chapel Hill.

For more information on the artist, please visit

20 Jay Street
Suite 837 (eighth floor)
Brooklyn, New York
11201 US

Wednesday → Friday
12 → 6 pm
& by appointment

ASPHODEL is an art gallery and project space co-founded by Lisa Kahlden and Jason Loeffler in 2017. Previous one-person exhibitions include Nicholas Szymanski, Notes to Diane; Amy Vogel, fear-of-nature-of-fear; Vanha Lam, Variables; Clary Stolte, Nobody Knows; Jeff Kraus, My Bunny the Snake; Karl Burkheimer, aline; Heidi Schwegler, Zoonosis; and Anastasia Komarova, Material Control.

Asphodel gratefully acknowledges Anthology of Recorded Music, Inc. (ARM) for providing logistical and operational support for its 2020 exhibition series. Operating continuously since 1974, ARM’s imprints include New World Records, the Database of Recorded American Music, and Sound American. Recent releases include Kate Soper, Ipsa Dixit; Julius Eastman, The Zürich Concert; Christian Wolff, 2 Orchestra Pieces; and James Tenney, Changes: 64 Studies for Six Harps.