Bodies Burning at the Edges
1 – 23 October 2015, Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00
Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University 

Opening October 1, 2015

I dreamed of bodies burning at the edges
When I awoke my belly was cold as an abandoned stove
The streets were cleared, trees bent
The air so still, as though just inhaled
When I noticed it was spring.
— Yvonne Rainer, 1977

Bodies Burning at The Edges is a celebration of the visceral realm of knowledge most difficult to explore in words— the precursory wisdom of the body and non-verbal semiotics. Kiki Smith, Jacolby Satterwhite, Robert Montgomery and Thomas Beale– through contrasting mediums and methodologies, each exemplify a trust in direct bodily experience. Together at Leroy Neiman Gallery, they embrace the possibilities of intuition, imagination, and corporeal communication inside an academic discourse. Curated by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels and Jonah King, with accompanying text by
Aliza Shvarts.

About the Artists:

Thomas Beale 
Thomas Beale is a New York-based artist who works primarily with found, natural materials.  He was also the founder and director of Honey Space, a no-profit, shape- shifting exhibition space active in Chelsea from 2008-2012.  Exhibitions include Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania, 2013), Family Business (New York, 2013), Moscow Biennial (2011), and Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine 2010). Thomas has received
numerous honors including grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the U.S.–Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, and has participated in residencies at Yaddo, Pioneer Works, the Watermill Center, and the Vermont Studio Center, amongst others.  

Robert Montgomery 
b.1972, Chapelhall Scotland, United Kingdom Lives and works in London, United Kingdom. 
Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by drawing from examples of public interventionist strategies and brings a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboards, light pieces, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including recently mounted, major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin with Neue Berliner Räume, and at the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including KOP, Breda, NL; Athens Festival, GR; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK; The Grand Palais, Paris, FR; Guido Costa Projects, Turin, IT; The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland; and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK.

Jacolby Satterwhite 
Jacolby Satterwhite is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses video, performance, 3D animation, drawing, fibers and printmaking to explore themes of memory, desire, and personal and public mythology. In his video works, Satterwhite creates fantastical digital landscapes populated with multiple, costumed avatars of himself, engaging with hand-drawn objects and text as extensions of the body, in a seamless exchange between live performance and constructed worlds. Satterwhite's computer-generated realms—densely layered with proliferating drawings, objects and performances—encompass animated narratives of personal memory and identity.Satterwhite was born in 1986. He was a featured artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and his work has recently been included in the following exhibitions: Sundance Film Festival (2014), How Lovely is Me Being As I Am, OHWOW Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), Step and Repeat, MOCA, Los Angeles (2014), Radical Presence, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014), The House of Patricia Satterwhite, Mallorca Landings, Mallorca (2013); The Matriarch's Rhapsody, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York (2013);Approximately Infinite Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2013); AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum, (2013); Radical Presence, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2012-13); 3-D Form: Aboveground Animation, The New Museum, New York (2012); Park Side of the Moon, Socrates Sculpture Park, (2012); If Theres No Dancing At The Revolution I'm Not Coming, Recess Activities, New York (2011); Weerrq!, MoMA P.S.1, Queens (2010); and multiple exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Satterwhite is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Art Matters grant. His works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Satterwhite lives in New York.

Kiki Smith 
Kiki Smith (American, b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing and textile. Smith has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions worldwide including over 25 solo museum exhibitions. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of several awards including the 2012 National Medal of Arts, conferred by Hillary Clinton; the 2010 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award, Purchase College School of the Arts; the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal, and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, among others. In 2006, Smith was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the “TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World.” She is an adjunct professor at NYU and Columbia University.

Aliza Shvarts 
Aliza Shvarts is a PhD student in Performance Studies at NYU, where she writes on
figuration and doom. She received her BA from Yale University, where she double
majored in English and Art (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude).  In 2008, Shvarts’s
senior thesis for the art major at Yale became the subject of international
controversy.  Shvarts has been published in Women & Performance: a journal of
feminist theory, Extensions: the online journal of embodiment and technology, 
and Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (Litwin 2012).  She has given talks at the Brooklyn Museum and Bruce High Quality Foundation University.  Her artwork has appeared in LOOP international film festival, the Slought Foundation and the Tate Modern.

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