Visual Arts Program

Friday, March 9, 2018 — Friday, April 27, 2018

Vandana Jain

Vandana Jain
Vandana Jain
Vandana Jain
Vandana Jain

Vandana Jain (Brooklyn), hybridizes contemporary visual forms—including national flags and corporate logos—into new iterations that address issues surrounding capitalism, globalization and consumerism. Recurring themes in Jain's work have been the individual's place in a rapidly-accelerated world, the spiritual vs. the corporate, and the questions of economics and political power. Often utilizing hand-worked and labor-intensive methods to create her works, Jain will be working on new site-specific wall pieces for Hallwalls, following site research in the Spring of 2017. Jain's work frequently addresses questions of authority and corporate power in works where her re-appropriated and reimagined works transform the common symbols of commodified culture into dynamic and visionary propositions.

Vandana Jain is an artist and textile designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her Bachelor's from New York University and went on to study Textile Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work explores the intersections of pattern and symbol, and spirituality and consumerism.

Jain's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In the last few years, she has had solo projects at Lakeeren Gallery in Mumbai, India (2012); Station Independent Projects, Lower East Side, NY (2013); and Smack Mellon and BRIC House in Brooklyn, NY (2014).

She has received several awards for her work including the Emerging Artist's Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her work has been profiled in Artforum, The New York Times, Art Slant, Mumbai Boss, Kyoorius and Beautiful Decay.

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Nov. 10, 2017
through Dec. 22, 2017

Laylah Ali
Paintings and Drawings

Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.