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German Artists at the Bronx River Art Center

Alexa Hoyer

Alexa Hoyer, © From the series Montaje al Aire

04.04.2019 - Article

Bronx River Art Center presents Tableau, a four person exhibition of works that reveal identity through a range of perspectives spanning social economics and culture, community and family, and individual memento on view from April 5, 2019 – May 25, 2019.

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Bronx River Art Center is pleased to present Tableau, a four person exhibition of works that reveal identity through a range of perspectives spanning social economics and culture, community and family, and individual memento. Brooklyn-based curator and artist, Chad Stayrook, a former gallery director of BRAC, is the guest curator. Two German artists, Alexa Hoyer and Elisabeth Smolarz, present their works:

Culture
Alexa Hoyer’s photo series documents the imaginative storefront displays of state run stores in Havana, Cuba. The title Montaje al Aire (Air Montage) refers to a unique technique of window dressing in which goods and materials are suspended from the ceiling using fishing line, wire or string. Invented out of necessity due to the scarcity of resources imposed by the U.S. blockade, Montaje al Aire tells a story of creativity in the face of adversity.

Community
Amanda Browder’s impressive catalog of work has most notably taken the form of large-scale fabric draped building pieces. The works require collective community efforts including partnerships with institutions and building owners, calls to local residents for fabric donations, and public sewing days with volunteers.

Family
Chloë Bass’s Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place borrows from the visual language of family home movies and photo albums to capture both the profound and everyday nature of interracial families. Though ultimately manifesting as a four-channel film documenting American mixed-race families through  typical familial celebrations, Tableau presents the project's current form with video essay and found-image and text works depicting fictitious family moments.

Individual
Elisabeth Smolarz’s Encyclopedia of Things began with an impossible, yet worthy goal: a collective portrait of the human condition depicted through objects-held-dear, one person at a time. For this series of photographs, Smolarz collaborates with individuals in their home environments. Each participant selects personal objects which are  portals to memories both precious and meaningful, and then arranged for the camera in a temporary installation. The installations of participants' most treasured objects embody their sense of self and identity and tell the story of each individual. The final result is series of intricate non-concrete portraits consisting of a prevalent vocabulary made out of ubiquitous objects that echo the universality of the human condition.
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Location and time:
Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
Opening Reception: Friday April 5th, 6-9pm
Show runs April 5 - May 25, 2019

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