Cloud of Petals
December 2, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Curator: Julia Greenway
December 2, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Opening Reception: December 2, 6–9pm
Gallery Hours: Fri /Sat / Sun, 12–5pm
Disjecta is proud to announce the second exhibition by Curator-in-Residence Julia Greenway. Sarah Meyohas’s Cloud of Petals presents new and previous work together that examines themes of beauty and labor in an automated society.
This multi-layered project began in 2016 at Eero Saarinen’s Bell Works in Holmdel, New Jersey, where the artist organized a crew of 16 men to pluck the petals off 10,000 roses. These performers selected and photographed each petal according to the artist’s stringent guidelines. The images were then uploaded to a cloud server, where they became “inputs for an artificial neural network”, an algorithm that builds, connects, and intertwines to create a system that is self-learning, rather than programmed.
Upon entering the exhibition, the viewer is lead into Disjecta’s darkened and cavernous gallery space. Headsets are suspended from the ceiling, displaying the virtual environments created from Meyohas’s network of petals. Also on view is Meyohas’s 30-minute highly saturated 16mm film, documenting and contextualizing the scope of the artist’s unique process at Bell Labs. Through multiple digital platforms, Cloud of Petals uses clichés of the feminine to represent our vast and intangible system of digital networks along with the shifting levels of consciousness and identity that come with our use of them.
VR on view courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York, in accordance with the artists solo exhibition through December 10.
This is the second of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator–in–Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah Meyohas completed her BA in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in finance from the Wharton School, and in 2015 received an MFA from Yale University. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Galerie Pact, Paris (upcoming 2017); Independent’s Regence, Brussels (upcoming 2017); 303 Gallery, New York (2016); and Where, Brooklyn (2016). She has participated in group shows at Aperture Foundation, New York (2015); Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2016); Alice Gallery, Seattle (2016); and Stux Gallery, New York (2015). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Wired, Vice, Cultured, Fortune, Artspace, and The Atlantic, among others, and she has appeared on CNBC, PBS, and CBC. She recently was selected for the Forbes “30 Under 30” list. Sarah Meyohas lives, works, and owns an eponymously named gallery in New York.
ABOUT CURATOR IN RESIDENCE SEASON 7
The 2017-2018 Curator in Residence season by Julia Greenway showcases four exhibitions by a diverse group of contemporary female artists. Through site-specific installations and cross-cultural dialogue, the seventh CiR season evokes themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Julia Greenway is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. In 2015, Julia was recognized by the New Foundation Seattle as part of its New Fellows program. Greenway is Disjecta’s seventh Curator in Residence.
ABOUT THE CURATOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Curator in Residence program provides an opportunity for emerging curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. Curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 6,000-square-feet of programming space. Past Curators in Residence include: Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12).
Images: Courtesy of Sarah Meyohas