Exhibition Openings: Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia
1 – 3 PM
Image 1: Ana Tiscornia, The Green Line 3, 2014
Image 2: Liliana Porter, Actualidades, 2016
Art Omi is pleased to launch simultaneous solo exhibitions featuring the work Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia in March 2018. These two artists have resided together and shared studio space for decades (currently in Rhinebeck, NY) and while they have their own individual artistic practices their relationship has created a zone where their artistic processes, materials, subjects and themes overlap. The exhibition at Art Omi will create an opportunity for the viewer to experience the unique storytelling of their artistic worlds side by side.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist's Resource Trust.
Liliana Porter works across mediums with installation, assemblage, photography, collage, theater, and public art. Porter’s work often employs a cast of characters that are inanimate objects, miniatures, toys and figurines. Porter places her characters into “theatrical vignettes” which become visual comments that speak of the human condition often with fantastical and unsettling effect. In Porter’s recent installation Man with Ax, 2017 (currently on view at the "Viva Arte Viva", La Biennale di Venezia, 57th International Art Exhibition, Venice Italy) we find a tiny man destroying his surroundings comprised of mini-machines, Mao propaganda, and debris. This eve
ryman faces an insurmountable task of breaking down and clearing away the oppression of the civilization that surrounds him. While on the other side of the installation a tiny woman knits a giant piece of pink tulle, in the company of agrarians. Employing these kitsch treasures to tell her tale Porter uses her stage to discuss the complexity of the contemporary world.
Additionally the exhibition at Art Omi will showcase a new video works currently being created by Porter. This exhibition will be a first in showing Porter’s video alongside her assemblage installation work.
Ana Tiscornia’s diverse practice encompasses wall works and collages composed with cutout cardboard and paper objects comprised of manipulated fragments. Drawing on traumatic experiences from her native Uruguay—including the atrocities of a military dictatorship—Tiscornia explores themes of displacement, war, poverty, and memory in abstract works that express the artist’s urge to impose new forms of order on the world. In her work, familiar items are reconfigured: branches appear to break through walls, chairs to sink into the ground, and geometric cardboard cutouts overlap in dense layers.
Ana Tiscornia work will be shown in the Kantor Lobby gallery at Art Omi as part of the Art Omi: Architecture OnSite series which focuses on the work of females architects. Tiscornia was originally educated as an architect and this will be an opportunity to view her work collage works within the tradition of architectural modeling.
This exhibition will be a unique opportunity for Porter and Tiscornia to share their work in the region where they live. Both artists have shown extensively throughout the US, Europe and South America but rarely close to home.
Our Summer Series Saturday Workshops run every weekend through August 31st! This year, teaching artist Dorothea Osborn will lead kids in an ongoing collaborative sculpture project that will progress over the course of the summer. Drop-in any weekend to be a part of this large-scale building experience!
NO CLASS AUGUST 22 OR SEPTEMBER 12.
Gather in the Newmark Gallery on Thursday evenings to sketch, draw, and render from a live male or female nude model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16+, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice.