Artist Residency Open Studio
Sunday, April 23
12 - 6pm | 475 Main Street, Beacon NY
Please join us for the Open Studio Day at Fridman Gallery’s Beacon Artist Residency. Our 2023 artists-in-residence, Azuki Furuya (Japan) and Adelisa Selimabasic (Bosnia, Italy) will show and discuss their work, which will be exhibited at the gallery's NYC location June 24 – July 7, 2023.
Reflecting Fridman Gallery’s commitment to representing interdisciplinary artists from around the world and fostering experimental art practices, the residency provides an opportunity for international artists to live and work in New York’s Hudson Valley region.
Refreshments will be served. Transportation to and from the Beacon MetroNorth station and Dia Beacon can be arranged upon request.
Adelisa Selimbasic, studio shot, 2023
Adelisa Selimbasic graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, having emigrated to Italy from Bosnia. Her works depict an unconventional perception of the body, with distinctly feminine but not objectified sensuality. Selimbasic wants the viewer to accept their own body as alive, authentic and perfectly normal, with all the cellulite, stretch marks, wide hips and scars. Bodies communicate our histories, and the way we picture them is a function of the construction of cultural representation of the feminine. Society is deeply disturbed by the body.
Azuki Furuya, studio shot, 2023
Azuki Furuya graduated with an MFA from Brooklyn College in 2019. Born in Sapporo, Japan, she lives and works in Tokyo. Furuya's ingenious works on paper explore the brightness of life and the fragility of existence, with the material process itself as a form of storytelling. After drawing the composition from a photograph, she builds it up with layered bits of colored paper and fragments of the photograph, then meticulously sands down the papered surface until it is exposed like a derelict billboard, and paints inside and around the contours.
After drawing the composition from a photograph, she builds it up with layered bits of colored paper and fragments of the photograph, then meticulously sands down the papered surface until it is exposed like a derelict billboard, and paints inside and around the contours. The resulting artworks are highly textured and luminous, a testament to the duality of precariousness and persistence of life, identity and myth.
In addition, with the shavings leftover from the sanding, she remakes paper pulp, shapes it into a sculptural form. She transfers and draws the image onto the reconstituted surface. In her art, the images become ingredients in the never ending process of re-formation of identity.