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Exhibition: Quality Time

  • SVA Chelsea Gallery 601 West 26th Street, Floor 15 New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)
courtesy of Lindsay Kane

courtesy of Lindsay Kane

Curated by Jacquelyn Strycker

Opening reception Thursday July 13, 6pm - 8pm. Free and open to the public.

With work by
Astrid Bai | Huiqi He | Zaire Kaczmarski | Lindsay Kane | Kiya Kim| Alfonso Ponce de Leon | Phil Rabovsky | Alyssa Shuey | Jamieson Thomas | Amy Whitaker

July 13 - August 8
SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 W 26th St, Fl15

How do we define “quality time?” 

As participants in a low-residency graduate program, the artists in this exhibition, members of the MFA Art Practice class of 2018, spend seven weeks together each summer. Seven feverishly scheduled weeks– 12+ hour days packed with lectures, workshops, critiques, exhibitions, and of course, studio time. Is this quality time? 

During the remaining 45 weeks of the year, the artists in this show make their livings– as educators, designers, commercial photographers, business professionals. They have families; they are partners and caregivers. They remain connected with one another in a digital space. They make art in the in-between times. Is this quality time? 

The concept of “quality time,” is one in which we seek to capitalize on the worth of our time. But “quality” is neither objective, nor universal. Is quality time that in which we maximize efficiency and yield? Or is it that in which we connect? The artists in this exhibition explore the significance of productivity, the value of interruption, iteration, and accumulation, along with the social and cultural facets of time. Drawing relationships between creativity, labor, value and community, they consider the differences between the physical, the psychic and the virtual, between sharing space and sharing time.