New York, NY., July 24th, 2009- art.les.nyc studios proudly announces it’s July Featured Artist of the Month, Cornelia Jensen with “MICROSTRUCTURES”. The festivities will take place on Friday, July 31st, from 7pm till 12am, at the studios’ outdoor art lounge at 202 Rivington Street between Ridge and Pitt Streets on the Lower East side.
Cornelia Jensen received her BA in Philosophy from Haverford College in 1987 and attended the Syracuse Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy in 1986. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. Jensen’s work spans a wide range of media including painting and sculpture made from found objects, and is now experimenting with light as a medium. Her repertoire includes individual wall-mounted pieces as well as site-specific installations.
Jensen’s work has been featured in ten solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions since 1980. Jensen has also curated and installed over twenty different exhibitions in galleries and museums including The Cooper-Hewitt Museum. She recently created an installation for the “I, Daughter of Kong” show at “Swing Space”, of The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Last year her work in the “Circular Exhibition” traveled from the Hun Gallery in New York City to Gallery Ho in Seoul, Korea. For “Microstructures” Jensen will create an installation of a cityscape using discarded packing material, plastic grass and light. The scale and quality of the forms and materials will represent how the microcosm of our daily environment references the macrocosm of the grand environment of the city.
“I have come to understand our ‘Culture’ as an expression of needs manifested in the objects we create. Through purposeful juxtaposition, I seek to endow throw-away objects with reliquary status. Extrapolating an object’s formal quality severs the connection to its bygone value. The presentation determines the new hierarchy of meaning between the objects. The resulting assemblages of recycled materials resemble shrines, transforming our conception of what is a normal avenue to the sublime. These ‘shrines’ compare the relationship of the ‘thing-in-itself’ to its surrounding world with the relationship between human beings and their environment. This comparison questions our understanding of ourselves as thoughtful subjects able to create and endow our world with meaning.”
There also will be live performances from 10 to 11 p.m. from a variety of local downtown performers including Michelle Leona.