Featuring: Cristina Ferrigno, Brianna Harlan, Cecilia Judge, Adam Nadel, Kseniya Ostrovska, Deja Patterson, Julia Sinelnikova, Cody Umans, Ryan Wilde, Alex Wong, Xiaoting Wu
Drawing out the boundaries of imagined social, political, and sexual cartographies, Field Projects is excited to present the unique voices of Queens college MFA students in their first online exhibition: Virtual Topologies.
Tracing natural desire lines, Cristina Ferrigno and Brianna Harlan map the neighborhoods and spaces they reside in through their bodies, creating drawings from recorded, ritualized motions and collaborative, community-based projects. Adam Nadel projects forward–– to the future of photography–– utilizing facial recognition software, or images drawn from particle colliders. Alex Wong has pared down his community-based and sculptural studio practice during the recent SIP orders, documenting the passage of time through a photographic map cataloguing sparse quarantine foods.
Cecilia Judge creates material lures, playing on viewer’s expectations of slaughtered meat and lustrous materials, while Julia Sinelnikova draws on a network of folk narratives to generate large, interactive, glistening installations filled with icy light. Cody Umans and Kseniya Ostrovska both turn directly to nature, deemphasizing our human presence, yet examining the delicate balance between plants, humans, and environment. Xiaoting Wu takes an anesthetized look at totalitarianism, emphasizing our futility under the rule of leaders relying on a cult of personality, subjective truth, and unwavering followers. Finally, Deja Patterson and Ryan Wilde chart the dangerous and titillating nature of sexual desire in the unruled body. Powerful, monumental women dominate Patterson’s examinations of sexuality, race, and physique. While Wilde plays in psychological topologies, generating fetish-dolls-turned-models, a whole cosmos of perversion, love, and betrayal.