RISD MFA Painting Class of 2018

Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar, curated by Sara Reisman

August 4 – 17, 2018

Rebecca Levitan

Loiterers, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

48h x 48w in
121.92h x 121.92w cm

Levitan-001

Rebecca Levitan

Loiterers II, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

48h x 48w in
121.92h x 121.92w cm

Levitan-002

Sanié Shoaib Bokhari

The Infrared At Your Head, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

56h x 71w in
142.24h x 180.34w cm

Bokhari-001

Sanié Shoaib Bokhari

All My Ex's, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

10h x 8w in
25.40h x 20.32w cm

Bokhari-002

Molly Kaderka

The Abyss, 2018

Mono print and pastels

35h x 53w in
88.90h x 134.62w cm

Kaderka-001

Ohad Sarfaty

Untitled, 2018

Oil and acrylic on canvas

77h x 44w in
195.58h x 111.76w cm

Sarfaty-001

Ohad Sarfaty

Untitled, 2018

Oil and acrylic on canvas

77h x 44w in
195.58h x 111.76w cm

Sarfaty-002

Arghavan Khosravi

The Girl of Enghelab (Revolution) Street, 2018

Acrylic and silver leaf on linen canvas on wood panel

47h x 24w in
119.38h x 60.96w cm

Khosravi-001

Arghavan Khosravi

Our Life was a Limbo, 2018

Acrylic on linen canvas on wood panel, hand dyed cotton cord

62h x 28w in
157.48h x 71.12w cm

Khosravi-002

Marisa Adesman

Hortus Inconclusus, 2018

Oil on canvas

46h x 84w in
116.84h x 213.36w cm

Adesman-001

Christian Berman

Chained Like Chalmol, 2018

Acrylic on panel

7h x 5w in
17.78h x 12.70w cm

Berman-004

Christian Berman

Last Chance Apparatus, 2018

Acrylic on panel

7h x 5w in
17.78h x 12.70w cm

Berman-006

Christian Berman

Mirage for Kokichi (Illusion of Wealth), 2018

Acrylic on panel

7h x 5w in
17.78h x 12.70w cm

Berman-007

Christian Berman

Sueno Del Contador Enamorado, 2018

Acrylic on panel in artist frame

11h x 13w in
27.94h x 33.02w cm

Berman-001

Saif Mhaisen

Fletcher Thermostat, 2018

Oil on panel

10h x 8w in
25.40h x 20.32w cm

Mhaisen-001

Gina Gwen Palacios

Hermana - Hermano (2), 2018

Cotton, Charcoal, Flashe Paint and Hand Carved Cardboard

29.50h x 22.50w in
74.93h x 57.15w cm

Palacios-001

Gina Gwen Palacios

Fences, 2018

Acrylic on hand carved cardboard

40h x 48w in
101.60h x 121.92w cm

Palacios-002

Ada Goldfeld

One More Minute, 2018

Oil on canvas

28h x 24w in
71.12h x 60.96w cm

Goldfeld-001

Ada Goldfeld

On Our Hands, 2018

Oil on canvas

28h x 24w in
71.12h x 60.96w cm

Goldfeld-002

Press Release

Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar

August 4 - August 17, 2018

Marisa Adesman, Christian Berman, Sanié Shoaib Bokhari, Ada Goldfeld, Molly Kaderka, Arghavan Khosravi, Rebecca Levitan, Saif Mhaisen, Gina Gwen Palacios, and Ohad Sarfaty.

Curated by Sara Reisman

Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to announce its late summer exhibition Counter Narratives: Geographies of the Unfamiliar featuring ten recent graduates of Rhode Island School of Design’s MFA Program in Painting. With a diversity of aesthetics and approaches to painting as a practice, the artists in the exhibition represent a unique range of possibilities afforded by painting. A number of artists in the exhibition use photography as a starting point – referencing family photos, images of quotidian objects and interiors – in order to document origin stories, political struggle, and personal journeys that have led to unexpected places and experiences. Some of the artworks in the exhibition exploit photography to surrealistic ends, rendering unknown landscapes to make sense of the broader world. Hailing from Pakistan, Israel, Iran, Palestine, Mexico, and the United States, the artists whose works are featured in Counter Narratives weave together contrasting stories, reflecting on the potentials of mark making as a form of communication and connectivity.

Starting from a place of realism, Ada Goldfeld and Ohad Sarfaty work from photographs of family life – Goldfeld’s photographs are still lives of her family – herself and her mother – in their home, and current events, whereas Sarfaty is working from images of family members from previous generations (as a form of indirect self-portraiture), whose lives were shaped by forced migrations. Gina Gwen Palacios’ approach to painting is both conventional and experimental – several works begin with cardboard that she scores to create patterns and images in relief – based on family portraits taken near the U.S.-Mexico border. Incorporating realism and fantastic visuals, Arghavan Khosravi, Sanié Shoaib Bokhari, and Marisa Adesman represent feminine perspectives that collectively offer worldly and domestic vantage points, from interior spaces – from under the dining room table, to postmodern architectural compositions that reinterpret the conventional structure of the canvas. Christian Berman and Rebecca Levitan work with familiar objects and aesthetics – a telephone, costume jewelry, textiles, pixelation – to render them unfamiliar yet dreamlike, creating a sense of deja vu.

Seemingly anomalous within the group of recent MFA graduates, Molly Kaderka and Saif Mhaisen’s artworks reside on opposite ends of the spectrum, in terms of scale and detail. Mhaisen’s Fletcher Thermostat is an unflinching portrait of an object that was located in his RISD studio, and Kaderka’s Abyss is a print that suggests forms as dramatic as an abyss at an unknown scale, or the curved edge of a planet, raising questions about the global position that we’re in.

----Sara Reisman