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To look at the sea is to become what one is

Manal Abu-Shaheen & Oscar René Cornejo

Curated by Laura August

October 12 – November 24, 2018

Opening reception Friday, October 12, 6-9 pm

Pairing photographs by Manal Abu-Shaheen and small-scale sculptures by Oscar René Cornejo, To look at the sea is to become what one is considers ways of understanding place, somewhere between vision and memory, emotion and history, self-making and post-war forgetting. Together, Abu-Shaheen and Cornejo consider how we describe places that are impossible to return to–at least in the ways we remember them–despite their central importance in our emotional and intellectual lives. For both Abu-Shaheen and Cornejo, landscape and its materiality become a way of understanding what it means to be a post-war subject, or to come from a family fleeing war; both artists’ practices touch the edges of what we know about a place, a landscape, and its fluidity over time. The distance from which they see the places they are from (Lebanon and El Salvador, respectively) layer their works with series of questions about identity and knowledge. In Abu-Shaheen’s photographs, Beirut’s urban fabric is overlaid with advertising campaigns and flashy plans for new buildings; these images put an artificial polish over the city’s native architecture, its modern past, and its wartime ruins. Cornejo’s sculptures, made at the scale of the human heart, continue his longstanding interest in the materials of construction as metaphors for displacement and resilience. The exhibition takes its title from a book of poems by poet/painter/philosopher Etel Adnan, who writes, “Where do you want ghosts to reside?” Perhaps they reside in the landscape, burdened as it is with our dreams and buildings, or perhaps they linger around the materials of ruin and reconstruction. In either case, what Abu-Shaheen and Cornejo suggest is that these remembered landscapes are the phantoms we pursue to find ourselves.

Manal Abu-Shaheen (b. 1982, Beirut) is a Lebanese-American photographer currently living and working in Queens, NY. Her recent solo exhibitions include Theater of Dreams, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, NJ (2018), Beta World City, LORD LUDD, Philadelphia, PA (2017) and Familiar Stranger, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Society of Korean Photography, Seoul, Korea (2017); Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2016); The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (2016); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (2015); The Print Shop at MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (2014); and Camera Club of New York, NY (2013). She is a recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant (2017), Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2017), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency (2016), A.I.R Gallery Fellowship (2016), and Artist in the Marketplace Residency at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2015). Abu-Shaheen holds a B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A in Photography from Yale School of Art. She teaches at The City College of New York.

Oscar René Cornejo (b. 1982, Houston, TX) earned an MFA from Yale School of Art (2011), a BFA from the Cooper Union (2005), and was a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship for research in El Salvador. In 2004, he cofounded the Latin American Community Art Project (LA CAPacidad), where for seven years he directed summer artist residencies to promote intercultural awareness through community art education. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including White Flag, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (2017), Collective Solid, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX (2015); and Parliament of Owls, Diverseworks, Houston, TX (2015). Cornejo has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where he has been a member of the staff since 2015, and at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2016.

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Reading (cake, dolls, gift bags, and other things)

February 8, Sunday2pm-4pm

Please join us this Sunday for an afternoon of readings that relate to the show cake, dolls, gift bags, and other things, currently on view at Radiator Gallery.

This event will host five award-winning and published poets and writers. Afterwards there will be time to see the exhibition. Prosecco and strawberries will be served.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hossannah Asuncion was raised near the 105 and 710 freeways in L.A. She currently lives near an A/C stop in Brooklyn.

Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections, four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). A new book, Sonne from Ort, a bi-lingual collaborative erasure made with the German poet Uljana Wolf, has just been published (kookbooks Verlag, Berlin, 2013).

Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013). In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, London Review of Books, Granta, Book Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.

Ann Neumann has written for The New York Times, Bookforum, The Baffler, New York Law Review, The Nation, Guernica, and others. Her monthly column, “The Patient Body,” about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine, appears at The Revealer, a publication of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, where she is a visiting scholar. Neumann’s first book, The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, will be published by Beacon Press in January, 2016.

Uljana Wolf is a German poet and translator based in Brooklyn and Berlin. She published four books of poetry with kook- books (Berlin), most recently meine schönste lengevitch and SONNE FROM ORT, a collaborative erasure of Elizabeth Bar- rett-Browning’s sonnets with Christian Hawkey. Wolf translated numerous poets into German, among them John Ashbery, Charles Olson, Matthea Harvey, Christian Hawkey, Erín Moure, and Cole Swensen. A new English translation (by Sophie Seita) of her work is forthcoming with Wonder Press, Brooklyn, in Spring 2015. She teaches poetry and translation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the Institut für Sprachkunst in Vienna, and Humboldt University in Berlin.

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