Tamara Kostianovsky “To Prevent Bad Luck”

Y Gallery (319 Grand St.)

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Y Gallery presents “To Prevent Bad Luck” the first solo exhibition at Y Gallery of Israeli/Argentinian artist Tamara Kostianovsky.

Inspired by art historical Still Lives, images of butchered meat she saw while growing up in Argentina, and the mechanized systems of consumption that dominate the production of goods in the United Sates, her work proposes a type of beauty that integrates our corporeal realities to the contemporary systems of industrialization that devour them.

Kostianovsky makes collages, fabric sculptures, and installations centered on the topic of the torn body. In her work, naturalistic animal parts expose the beauty, violence, and blunt materiality of the body, opening a window into the world of abjection and degradation that exists behind the scenes of our manicured lives.

Committed to giving a second chance to rejected articles of clothing and other domestic textile items, the artist periodically “cannibalize” her own wardrobe looking to find supplies to create sculptures with. A type of alchemy often happens at her studio, where discolored undergarments are transformed into ligaments, stained tablecloths assume the color and texture of exotic bird feathers, and over worn sweaters unravel into the rich textures of animal fat. By contrasting a visceral imagery with soft materials, she seeks to make the “repulsive” appear tolerable, the “disgusting” seem appealing, thus reintegrating the processes of birth, growth, and decay found in nature back into our existential understanding of life.

Tamara Kostianovsky’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows at venues including The Jewish Museum, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Nevada Museum of Art, NV; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Maison et Object, Paris, France; and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. Selected awards include: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, and a grant from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tamara Kostianovsky was educated at the National School of Fine Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina (B.F.A.) and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (M.F.A. Sculpture). She is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, NY and a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.



from March 04, 2017 to March 26, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-03-04 from 18:00 to 21:00

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