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"Solo Exhibtions: Tony Feher and Sarah Sze"
2001-06-24 until 2001-09-09
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA United States of America

Solo exhibitions featuring new work by artists Tony Feher and Sarah Sze will be on view, beginning Sunday, June 24, at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS) Museum at Bard College. The exhibitions will continue through Sunday, September 9, 2001. Amada Cruz, director of the CCS Museum and curator of the exhibitions, explains that, The pairing of these two artists is deliberate since both Feher and Sze employ found objects and look to ordinary stuff in very different ways to create sculptural installations that point to the beauty of and delight in the mundane objects that surround us.

Tony Feher's exhibition is conceived as a site-specific project that will fill all of the CCS galleries. Feher will design the installation using new work. This is his largest solo show to date. Feher, who is from New Mexico and Texas, is currently based in New York. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Wooster Gardens (1993), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1996), and Wesleyan University (1997).

Feher emerged as an artist during the 1990s with a body of sculptural work that transforms discarded and often overlooked objects such as plastic bottles, packing crates, glass jars, and marbles into poetic evocations. His work, which is often assembled in serial arrangements of geometric form, has been compared to the minimalist work of Carl Andre and Donald Judd. Instead of the industrially fabricated steel and aluminum materials used by his predecessors, Feher salvages mass-produced plastic and glass objects that retain the markings of their prior use. His works are imbued with an emotional resonance that belies their humble origins. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and will be the most substantial publication available on Feher's work.

Sarah Sze's project will be her first large-scale outdoor piece and was conceived especially for the CCS. Sze was struck by the building's austere and apparition-like appearance in the landscape. The piece will relate to the rural nature of the Bard College campus and the Center's place within it, according to Cruz.

Sze lives and works in New York City and began exhibiting in 1996. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 1999/2000 Carnegie International Exhibition. She has had solo shows at the Cartier Foundation in Paris (19992000), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1999), and Institute of Contemporary Art in London (1998). The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will photographically document the CCS project and locate it within the context of Sze's previous work. It will be the most comprehensive publication about Sze to date.

Detail: artist Tony Feher,
Green Window, 2001.
(plastic bottles, caps, galvanized
steel D-chain, stainless steel wire,
water, cotton sash cord
dimensions vary with installation)
(image courtesty D'AMELIO TERRAS)

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