Joe’s Junk Yard & Other American Dreams
Curated by Rebecca Soderholm
September 6 – October 11, 2013
Closing Reception October 11, 5:30-7:30p
Lisa Kereszi grew up amidst the iron scraps and car parts of the family business, a junkyard started by her Grandfather, Joe, in 1949, in Trainer Pennsylvania. Over the next fifty-four years the junkyard prospered and declined, like the American automobile industry on which it depended. Kereszi began photographing at the junkyard in 1992 as an undergraduate student at Bard, and continued to photograph there until the junkyard closed in 2003. Along with piles of tires and the rusty carcasses of old cars, the business also contained the family’s pain, pride and hard-as-nails sense of humor. A World War II vet and former competitive boxer, Joe practiced punches on customers who attempted to haggle over a price. An obsessive documentarian, he also made scrapbooks of family pictures, newspaper clippings and memorabilia, creating odd juxtapositions of the American dream in theory and practice. When Joe’s son was killed in what was officially called a “justified police homicide,” the sad facts of history are noted in ballpoint pen on the pictures and pages of his scrapbooks.
In “Joe’s Junk Yard and Other American Dreams,” Kereszi presents her own photographs alongside business and personal documents that tell the story of one family’s struggle to hold on to the past as the world changed around them. In addition, five larger-scale photographs from two of Kereszi’s other bodies, “Fun n’ Games” and “Fantasies,” reveal an aesthetic that has grown out of her experiences. These works turn trash into treasure, as Kereszi reveals the seams in places we construct for pleasure. As Larry Fink writes in the forward to Joe’s Junk Yard, “Lisa Kereszi is like a mushroom born from the spores of steel, soft and tough, ready to deal. Her eye is but a dome for an inner vision ordered by a poetics of the dire.”
Lisa Kereszi grew up in Suburban Philadelphia. She received her BA in 1995 from Bard College. She is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art at the Yale School of Art, where she received her MFA in 2000. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and others. Kereszi is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. Her most recent solo exhibition, “The Party’s Over,” in 2012, was a thematic follow-up to her 2009 book, Fun And Games,” which explores the ways in which we devise escapist environments and spectacles to remove ourselves from the realities of everyday life. In 2003, she was commissioned to photograph Governors Island by the Public Art Fund, which culminated in a 2004 exhibition catalog. Governors Island explored what was left behind on a former army and coast guard base a stone’s throw from Manhattan. In addition, Kereszi has two other monographs in print: Fantasies, 2008, about the burlesque revivalist movement and Joe’s Junk Yard, released in 2012.
Montage of Attractions
February 1 – March 15, 2013
Opening Reception: February 1, 2013
Curated by Claire Sherman
The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “Montage of Attractions” by Jenny Snider, on view February 1st through March 15th, 2013. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment.
Jenny Snider is an artist who has been working professionally for forty-six years. She has produced a large body of work, including painting, drawing, and sculpture, animated films, limited edition books, and hand-drawn artists books. Her work draws form and content from a wide variety of sources; from popular culture to history, art and politics; from grid-based abstraction to representations of natural and mechanical forms. In 2006, she retired from a distinguished forty year career as a teacher of studio art, including Queens College, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and SUNY, Purchase.
Most recently, she won a 2011-12 Rome Prize in Visual Arts, from the American Academy in Rome. Other major awards include membership at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Studio Program, in New York City, 2011; a Studio Fellowship from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, 2009-2010; the 2006 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Queens College CUNY, and a 2002 residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. In 1986 and 1991, she received two Painting Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, two Painting Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979 and 1987), and two Faculty Research Awards from the Research Foundation, CUNY, (1989 and 2001).
Jenny Snider has exhibited widely in New York and the United States. Her work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jewish Museum, all in New York City; and numerous private collections. She is represented by the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY.