Past

Usable Pasts 2009-10 Artists in Residence: Mequitta Ahuja, Lauren Kelley and Valerie Piraino
Jul 15, 2010 - Oct 24, 2010
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  • Lauren Kelley
    Upside (video still), 2010
    Video transfer to DVD, color, sound; TRT 03:30
    Courtesy the artist
     

  • Lauren Kelley
    Lindy Trail, 2010
    Digital chromogenic color print, 24 × 36 in.
    Courtesy the artist
     

  • Valerie Piraino
    Simone (study), 2010
    Porcelain clay inscribed with shorthand, handwritten text on mat board and wood frames, Dimensions variable
    Courtesy the artist

  • Valerie Piraino
    With Pen in Hand (study), 2010
    Found frames, slide projectors, slides and tables, 84 × 84 × 108 in.
    Courtesy the artist
     

  • Mequitta Ahuja
    Generator, 2010
    Oil on canvas, 84 × 80 in.
    Courtesy the artist
     

  • Mequitta Ahuja
    Half Moon, 2010
    Oil on canvas, 64 × 50 in.
    Courtesy the artist
     

In this year’s installment of the much anticipated Artist-in-Residence exhibition, Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976), Lauren D. Kelley (b. 1975) and Valerie Piraino (b. 1981) display diverse projects in a range of media, all visually addressing the construction of history and memory. Ahuja makes lush paintings in which mythological warriors and demigods move between landscape, self-portraiture and abstraction; Kelley crafts stop-motion animations and sculptural installations telling stories of material and emotional excess; Piraino repurposes family artifacts to create installations drawing attention to the frames that shape experience and memory.

The Artists-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation; New York Community Trust and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust and Andrea Frank Foundation.