Past Public Program
Rendered Void Exhibition Preview with artist Gabriela Vainsencher and curators Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernandez
Private Preview: Friday March 15, 5pm
Public Opening: Friday March 15, 6pm
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Join A.I.R. Gallery and Artis for a special preview of Rendered Void, an exhibition of recent photographs and porcelain sculptures by A.I.R. Fellowship Artist Gabriela Vainsencher. This is Vainsencher’s first institutional solo show in New York City and is supported by a 2019 Artis Exhibition Grant.
On a 2018 trip to Israel, in a used book store, Vainsencher found Treasures of the Bible Lands, a catalog for a 1987 exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In a curious departure from the museum’s focus on modern and contemporary art, the exhibition showed artifacts found in and around what we now call Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip. The catalog featured photographic documentation of the artifacts of the myriad civilizations that lived in the Middle East in ancient times. Since acquiring the catalogue, Vainsencher has been physically and conceptually mining it to produce her latest body of work: one-to-one photographs of the book’s pages, cut up and layered. By making holes in the photos, she physically edited out the objects, leaving only negative spaces and the shadows that they had cast on their backgrounds. These pages became fuel for images that call to mind the holes in the ground after an archeological expedition has departed; the negative space left behind by something that has been taken away.
Vainsencher also renders the void in a recent series of abstract porcelain sculptures, installed on a site-specific blackened steel armature that wraps around the gallery. Echoing the negative spaces in the photographs, these monochromatic sculptures reference the body and its persistence through breakage.
Gabriela Vainsencher was born in Buenos Aires, raised in Tel Aviv, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2016. Past solo and two-person exhibitions include CRUSH Curatorial, New York, NY; Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, France; Parker’s Box Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY; and La Chambre Blanche, Québec City, Canada. Her work has been included in group exhibitions including Bergamo Modern and Contemporary Art, Italy; Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway; Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY; The Freies Museum, Berlin; and The National Gallery of Saskatchewan, Canada. Residencies include Yaddo, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Byrdcliffe Artist Residency (USA), Triangle Arts Association (France), and La Chambre Blanche (Canada). In Fall 2019, Vainsencher will participate in the Bronx Museum’s AIM Residency Program. Vainsencher is the founder of the Morning Drawing Residency, and writes about art for Hyperallergic, Title Magazine and Tohu Magazine. She also teaches art at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, NY.
A.I.R. Gallery is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1972. It is an artist run organization and exhibition space that supports the open exchange of ideas and risk-taking by women artists in order to provide support and visibility. A self-directed governing body, the organization is an alternative to mainstream institutions and thrives on the network of active participants. The A.I.R. Fellowship Program was established in 1993 in order to support underrepresented and emerging self-identified women artists in New York City. Each year, six artists are awarded a year-long fellowship to develop and exhibit a project at A.I.R.
Artis is an independent organization that supports contemporary artists from Israel whose work addresses aesthetic, social and political questions to inspire reflection and debate. Dedicated to advancing cultural exchange, fostering valuable connections, sharing knowledge, and creating meaningful opportunities for artists, Artis provides grants to institutions and artists, leads curatorial seminars for international curators, organizes public programs, and initiates research projects. Artis works with artists of any religion, ethnicity, race, gender, political persuasion, or additional national identity, and supports freedom of speech and artistic expression for all people. Artis is based in New York and Tel Aviv.