Exhibition Preview

June 30th Exhibition
Ordered Dance
Opening June 30th, 6-8pm
On view through July 23, 2017

Artists: Monira Al Qadiri, Birk Marcus Hansen, Theodore Sefcik

Curated by Ilari Laamanen

Ordered Dance brings together works from three contemporary artists who utilize and investigate manmade systems as part of their practices. This desired constellation could be seen as an atemporal interplay of mechanical and natural.

Monira Al Qadiri’s ‘Travel Prayer’ juxtaposes footage of camel race with a voice reading a traditional travel prayer. Because of laws in Saudi Arabia prohibiting the use of children as camel jockeys, each camel is outfitted with a small remote-controlled whipping machine on their back. The pain of the majestic animal is reflected in its face and movement, as it is running aimlessly towards oblivion.

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC.

Birk Marcus Hansen’s series of flags is dedicated to Europa, the smallest of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons. Since the dawn of time, Earth has been shaped by huge migrations. Now that mankind has ventured into space, however, our future may lie beyond our own planet. What might be an appropriate design for a flag representing a geographic area outside Earth’s atmosphere?

With a passion for graphic design and video art, Birk Marcus Hansen’s (born in Denmark, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands) working process typically has a heavy emphasis on research, history and symbolism. Among the topics that inspire him are technological advances, geopolitics and history. His work often takes a speculative approach, and he likes to employ fiction as a framework that lets him tweak and investigate, combine and challenge key concepts, ideas and trends in contemporary society.

In Gray Tank, Inspection, Theodore Sefcik has combined his distinctive hand-drawn designs and physics-based animation tools with new color processing techniques. The result is a richly textured window into an artificial world teeming with life. The presentation offers a dreamy journey through a menagerie of primordial machines, jumbo bacteria, dangling amphibians, and floating garbage.

Theodore Sefcik is a New York-based artist known for his enigmatic animations, which combine the aesthetics of primitive computer graphics with early color video art. Presented on atypical, repurposed screens, his videos range from scenes of organic body-horror to inscrutable assembly lines and humanoid dancers. Sefcik’s videos and glitched AI-assisted digital photographs have been exhibited in solo and group shows in New York and Stockholm. Sefcik also performs original compositions, songs and spoken word pieces as RAXTSFK.

Curator Bio:

Ilari Laamanen is a curator residing in New York City with a focus on interdisciplinary projects. Recent curatorial work includes ‘Momentum 9 Biennial’ in Moss, Norway (2017) and ‘fashion after Fashion’ at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2017).