20 Mar 2018, by SydneySchelvis
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From March 6 to June 8, Jennifer Tee's first solo exhibition in the US will take place at ISCP. The ISCP alumni's 'Ether Plane~Material Plane' exhibition responds to current political upheaval and ensuing resistance, utilizing materials laden with cultural meaning. You can visit the exhibition Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6pm, and by appointment.
Tee’s exhibition incorporates sculpture, performance, installation, and choreography into an immersive and interdependent environment. The centerpiece of Ether Plane~Material Plane is two newly commissioned display structures, designed to present the artist’s series of photographs that unite abstraction with the uncanny, alongside her ceramic ‘resist’ sculptures in the shape of spheres and swirls. Hand-knitted floor pieces that are crystalline in form with overlaid ceramics will intersect the space while acting as sites for performative events.
A stack of books is the kernel of the exhibition’s second installation. A Revolt chair designed by Friso Kramer will hold numerous books of fiction, memoir, and poetry published since 1850 that consider personal and social change from the position of resistance. Gathered by the artist in collaboration with poet Jane Lewty, a live reading in six languages of texts collaged from the collection of books will activate the opening reception.
A 30-page publication will accompany the exhibition, in an edition of 500, with a text by Karen Archey, Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and an introduction by Kari Conte.
Jennifer Tee’s (1973) works comprise sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and collages, all with a wide-ranging underlying frame of reference. Of central importance is Tee’s interest in the in-between state of what she calls 'the soul in limbo'. The soul in limbo is restless and alive, and caught in an unnamed place – a conceptual, mental, psychological, and physical space – on the border between the here and the possible.
Tee also researches contemporary life, with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its instability and complexity, and its potential for the loss of identity, language, and kinship with original cultures. In addition, Tee explores various forms of utopian concepts of life and their potential for creating a new and more beautiful and soulful world. With her work, she encourages the contemplation of life’s fragile connections, evoking spiritual realms with active material experimentation.
The International Studio & Curatorial Program supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. ISCP organizes exhibitions, events and offsite projects, which are free and open to all, sustaining a vibrant community of contemporary art practitioners and diverse audiences.
With an International Residency Program and Ground Floor Program for New York City-based artists, ISCP strives to establish a global network of exemplary artists and curators. Tailored for professional growth, the programs serve as an active mediator, creating visibility and immersion for all of its residents in New York City. ISCP’s programming is conceived to facilitate dialogue and collaboration.