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Video 2010


Jessica Ann Peavy

January 7 through January 18

with special event on Sunday, January 10th at 3 PM


Sari Carel

January 21 through February 2

with special event on Sunday, January 24th at 3 PM


Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly

February 4 through February 15

with special event on Sunday, February 7th at 3 PM


Eve Sussman

February 18 through March 1

with special event on Sunday, February 21st at 3 PM

During January and February, Momenta Art is pleased to present four, focused exhibitions of recent works added to its video library, including work by Jessica Ann Peavy, Sari Carel, Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly, and Eve Sussman. The gallery's video library allows viewers to choose and view work by over 60 video artists who have shown with Momenta since 1991. In lieu of traditional openings, each exhibition will feature a Sunday afternoon event coordinated with the artist's work.


Jessica Ann Peavy, during her show's Sunday event, will present an outdoor cooking performance accompanied by chef-educator T.I. Williams. Sari Carel, during her show's Sunday event, will collaborate with composer Sergei Tcherepnin and have a conversation about her work with Melissa Ragone. Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly, during their show's event, will present a multimedia dance performance followed by a conversation with Amy Mackie. And Eve Sussman will have a conversation with several artists who also work with ideas of utopia and dystopia during her show's event.


Jessica Ann Peavy (January 7 through January 18) investigates the language, gestures, and iconography that define historical and contemporary African-American culture employing layered imagery, multiple screens/projections, dialogues, and audio tracks at once to address personal contradictions on how one views the African American female identity. Her video, She Knows Something You Don't Know is a single channel video exploring the characterization of the High Priestess from the Tarot, representing wisdom, intuition, secrecy, and sexuality in it's purest form. This work explores a contemporary performance and ritual practice of the High Priestess and her mysterious understanding of the earth and the subconscious. It investigates the relationship between the magical versus the spiritual and how western religion has influenced African folk traditions and the connections between the sacred, the secular, gendered/sexual expression, and performance.


Jessica Ann Peavy received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006 and a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, in 2004. She received a NYSCA individual artist grant and new media grant and a Jerome Foundation Travel grant in 2009, Harvestworks Artist-In-Residence program in 2008, and Smack Mellon Artist-In-Residence and fellowship in 2007. She has exhibited with institutions such as the Brooklyn Arts Council, Smack Mellon Gallery, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston.


Sari Carel (January 21 through February 2) will present Cast & Bridge, a video in which a camera meanders through a deserted architectural structure set in Israel that hosts myriad forms of deterioration and neglect. The piece is a kind of atmospheric tour that is a hybrid of dream sequence and journalistic reportage, working disparate moments into a catena of projections. Looking at images of nature and design through a lens that hones in on their frailty and ecological susceptibility, images portray slow manifestations of indirect violence, and put forth an individual's eye as it breeds perceptions and darts between structure, space, and scraps of narrative.


Sari Carel received an MFA from Hunter College in 2001 and a BFA Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem in 1996. She has had solo exhibitions in New York and Tel Aviv and her work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the US and Israel.


Mariam Ghani and Erin Ellen Kelly (February 4 through February 15) will present their fourth collaboration, Smile, You're in Sharjah, an HD video with spatialized surround sound score by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. Smile is a study of the patterns and rhythms of movement through shared spaces of the city-state of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The video, named for Sharjah's infamous welcome sign (spelled out in flowers in a traffic circle notorious for rush-hour traffic jams), roams the neighborhoods, suburbs, exurbs, plazas, highways, alleys, and excavations that range between Sharjah's seaport and its desert fringes, with an eye to the cycles of construction and consumption that sustain this precarious and often contradictory place. Sharjah is self-evidently a work-in-progress, and the migrant workers responsible for its continual reconstructions – simultaneously the most omnipresent and invisible of its inhabitants – are also the main players in Smile's simultaneously choreographed and documentary reconstruction of Sharjah.


Mariam Ghani has exhibited her work in video and installation internationally, including at the Sharjah Biennial, the Liverpool Biennial, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery in DC, transmediale in Berlin, the New York Video Festival, and the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Museums. She has been awarded NYFA and Soros Fellowships, ETC and Mid-Atlantic grants, Turbulence and Creative Time commissions, and residencies at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Her recent projects include public projections in Berlin and Amsterdam and curating an exhibition of public dialogue projects in Buffalo. She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from SVA, and teaches at Cooper Union and Parsons.


Choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly employs techniques from Butoh, qigong, gymnastics, farming, cabaret dancing, and performance action-theater to create new works, ways of moving, and performance installation pieces that comment on the human condition and its relationship to the environment and society. Her solo performances have been presented by venues including Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Miami, Kultur im Spannwerk in Berlin, and the New York Butoh Festival, the HOWL Festival, Collective Unconscious, and Movement Research at Judson Church in New York. Her collaboration with artist Mariam Ghani is focused on creating performances equally specific to the site of production and the medium of video.


Aaron Taylor Kuffner, aka Zemi17, is a composer, musician, and media artist. Kuffner co-founded the multi-media performance group Ransom Corp in 1997. He started the 23 Windows Collective community arts studio in Brooklyn in 2001 and was the co-creator and curator of the Resonant Wave Art Festival in Berlin. From 2004 through 2006, Zemi17 conducted ethnomusicological research in Indonesia; on his return to NY, he established The Gamelatron, the world's first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra, with the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. He performs locally and internationally.


For Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation (February 18 through March 1), Momenta will act as the black box testing site for an "alpha version" of White on White [a random thriller]. It is powered by custom-built randomizing software that edits the film in real time culled from a server loaded with hundreds of clips. The movie therefore has no clear beginning, middle or end and never repeats the same way twice. The code delivers juxtapositions that are new and surprising so that every viewing is a different experience. This is an experimental film, shot primarily in post-soviet Central Asia, being produced simultaneously as an episodic mini-TV series, a feature film, and a randomized movie in which the narrative is determined via computer code. This on-going cinematic experiment continues its study of extremes, utopia, and desire – couched in a vernacular of nouvelle vague noir and futuristic fantasies.


Eve Sussman is an artist whose primary medium is motion pictures. She has also been known to build things. Her most recent exhibition, Yuri's Office, presented an exact replica of Yuri Gargarin's office – the first man in space – for an exhibition at Winkleman Gallery in May 2009. Together with Rufus Corporation, the ad hoc think tank that she founded in 2003, Sussman produced 89 seconds at Alcazar and The Rape of the Sabine Women. Sussman is currently developing Smarter than God, a 5 screen video work based on the Lehman bankruptcy and the AIG bailout. Her work has been supported in part by: Creative Capital, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Time, CeC Arts Link, the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


Momenta Art is supported by The Harriet Ames Charitable Trust, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwall Foundation, Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individual contributors.