Press release of 'Engrams' exhibit at ICP and PS1 MoMA. New York,Sep, 2015.

media release


September 18- September 20th

Opening reception: Thursday, September 18, 5 – 7 PM at PS1 MoMA, New York
Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 6 – 8 PM at ICP-Bard MFA Studios, New York

Ancestral Portrait MD, 2015. Ivana Larrosa
Gliclée reproduction on fine art paper embellished with crystals 8x11"

NEW YORK, September 2015.
International Center of Photography- Bard is pleased to present its second group exhibition with Spanish – New York based mixed media artist Ivana Larrosa at two different locations in New York this weekend.
For these exhibition MFA candidate will present for the first time her new work of textiles, chemigrams, photo-paintings and embellished photographs of her series “Engrams”.

The exhibition, which is on view at the ICP-Bard MFA U02 booth at the Printed Matter 10th Annual New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, includes five embellished textiles that she made this summer in collaboration with sculptor and textile artist Elyse Allen, as well as two embellished photographs. The show continues two blocks north at ICP-Bard 2016 MFA 2nd Open Studios at our 24-20 Jackson Ave, Long Island City space, with the debut of Ivana Larrosa’s video performance pieces, created this summer at Haystack Art Residency in Maine, and her family archive series.

The new body of work features Larrosa’s expanding exploration into the car accident that left her with permanent double vision since 2002. Rooted in this accident, Larrosa has developed an aesthetic that has turned into a celebration, exuberant, playful, as well as eccentric and goofy. Identity emerges to reveal the impossibility of representing trauma inherent in Larrosa’s work. Through her reenactments and performances, Larrosa investigates the visual representation of peak experiences and memory as an act of psychological health and an attribute of the self-actualizing person.
Ivana Larrosa uses the scan as a medium of connections between present-past and gender identity, like a reenactment of brain imaging technique. As she describes “the scanned distortions are like engrams, like physical memory trace stored in my brain that helped me to catalyze my feelings about my female role in my family.”

Ivana Larrosa embellishes, paints, creates psychedelic rolls and scanned distortions with her family photo archive. Each method is specific to the subject and meant to ignite and recharge the image, often that following the pattern of her diplopia. She blends colors to create new palettes that activate and give depth and breathe life into her imagery.

Concurrently on view at ICP-Bard MFA studios, 10x10 Photobooks and the ICP Library present Daisuke Yokota: Color Photographs and Photobooks by Young Japanese Photographers: 2005–2015, two pop-up exhibitions highlighting contemporary Japanese photography and photobooks on view during the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 and ICP- Bard Open Studios. Opening reception: Saturday, September 20, 6 – 8 PM

Friday, September 18, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 19, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 20, 11-am-7pm
MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Friday, September 18, 12-8pm
Saturday, September 19, 12-9pm
Sunday, September 20, 12-5pm
ICP-Bard Studios is located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue - 3rd Floor, Long Island City, NY

About Ivana Larrosa
Ivana Larrosa (b. Logroño, Spain) holds a BA in Media Studies and Mass Communication from University of Navarra (Spain) and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Photographic Studies at International Center of Photography-Bard College in New York with expected completion in Spring 2016. She lives and works in New York.
Her work has been has been shown at many venues in United States including Umbrella Arts Gallery (New York), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins,CO), Castell Gallery (Asheville, NC) and New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Also at Espacio Aglutinador (Havana), Project Space Kleiner Salon (Berlin), and in Spain at Spanish National Museum of Sculpture, Archaeological and Ethnographic Soler Blasco Museum, University Museum of Alicante, State Public Library of Zaragoza and Galeria Sicart. Ivana Larrosa’s work has become part of the permanent collection in Foundations, Museums, Institutions and Private Collections. She has received grants from Lluís Carulla Foundation (Spain, 2010), Passanant Foto and Museum of Tortosa (Spain, 2013 and 2014), and also numerous awards, highlighting International Photographic Award Ramon Aloy 2013 and Best Photo 2010 International Award ‘The Aperture Light’. 

About Ellyse Allen
Elyse herself is a Pennsylvania born, New York City based textile artist and designer. She studied Sculpture and Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she later taught and lectured in the Textile Department. Her recent work focuses on embellished knit textiles in diverse forms, from cashmere studded accessories to elaborate mixed media animal masks.

About International Center of Photography – Bard
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level.

The ICP-Bard MFA program offers an exploration into the ways in which the photograph operates in society. The ICP-Bard approach emphasizes creative vision and openness to examining the many iterations of the image, from photography to digital imaging, installation, and video. By considering how photographs are created, presented, discussed, used, and documented, students gain an intimate knowledge of the ways in which images increasingly structure modern society and consciousness.

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