Current Airspace Residents

Xavier Acarín  (curator)
Kristen Jensen
Sara Jordenö
Baseera Khan
Alan Ruiz
Matthew Schrader

The 2016 – 2017 AIRspace residents will be given an 11-month workspace at Abrons Arts Center, the opportunity to present and exhibit works-in-progress, curate exhibitions and performances in the Abrons’ galleries, teach in school-based education programs and meet with visiting curators and critics. 

The 2016 – 2017 AIRspace residency recipients were chosen by guest panelists Andrianna Campbell (independent curator and doctoral candidate, Department of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center) and artist Sean Micka (who also participated in the AIRspace program in 2014 – 2015). Additional panelists included Abrons staff: Jay Wegman (Artistic Director), Carolyn Sickles (Director of Engagement) and Joshua Lubin-Levy (Interim Director of Visual Arts). The application pool was extremely competitive and revealed a wealth of talented artists in need of vital workspace and support. Abrons staff and guest panelists were encouraged by the energy and breadth of ideas demonstrated within the applications and would like to express sincere gratitude to all artists and curators who applied.

Kristen Jensen

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Kristen Jensen has an interdisciplinary art practice, involving sculpture, painting, performance, and installation. Ritual and the questioning of the line that exists between strength and weakness, control and disorder finds material form in the ceramic and mixed media objects that are part of her practice. The work contrasts beauty with destruction, and intimate, emotional explorations with formal investigations of material and media. She received her MFA in combined media from Hunter College and her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University. Recent exhibits in New York City include those at Regina Rex, Postmasters, Wallspace, and Outlet. Her work has also been shown at Bortolami Gallery, Nicelle Beachene, Sculpture Center, Bureau, Galerist (Istanbul), and Sundaram Tagore Gallery (as part of the Singapore Biennial). Upcoming residencies include the Shandaken Project and the Abrons AIRspace Residency. [website]

Sara Jordenö

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Sara Jordenö is a NYC -based Swedish visual artist, documentary filmmaker and researcher, whose work resides in the crossing points of site-specific and public art, documentary cinema, and community-based participatory performative practice. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with hidden populations and communities facing marginalization, creating complex portraits of struggle and resilience. In the process of making these works, she has collaborated with (and at times shared authorship with) sociologists, activists, community organizers and members of the communities that she investigates. Her documentary KIKI, a collaboration with members of the underground Kiki Ballroom scene, a subculture for LGBTQ at-risk youth in NYC, premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Jordenö was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film and the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights for KIKI, which has screened in 15 countries. Jordenö holds an MFA from UCLA Department of Art and has for the past 16 years participated in many residencies and exhibited internationally. Her work has been commissioned by the Public Art Agency Sweden, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Muscarnok Kunsthalle and the 5th Berlin Biennial. In June 2016 she was named by Variety as one of “10 Women Filmmakers to Watch.” [website]

Baseera Khan

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Baseera Khan is a New York based artist. Her visual and written work focuses on performing visualized patterns of emigration and exile that are shaped by economic, social, and political changes throughout the world with a special interest in decolonization practices. Khan is preparing for her first solo exhibition at Participant Inc., New York City (2017). Her past exhibitions include: “Subject to Capital” Abrons Art Center, New York City (2016); “Arrivals” Out to See, New York City (2014); “TX*13” Texas Biennial 5th Anniversary Survey Group Exhibition, Texas (2014); “Picturing Parallax” San Francisco State University, California (2011); and “Hindu Kush” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, California (2009). She was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist Residency, Skowhegan, Maine (2014). She was an International Fellow in Israel/Palestine through Apexart, New York City (2015), and an artist in residence at Process Space LMCC (2015). Khan is currently part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design. She received her M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A from the University of North Texas (2005). [website]

Xavier Acarín

Xavier Acarín is a curator and researcher from Barcelona based in New York. He has worked as an art producer for various institutions in Spain and in the United States and received his MA from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Acarín’s projects have been presented at Chez Bushwick, Elastic City, The New School for Social Research, and Peekskill Project 6. He has been curator-in-residence at the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme. His writings have been published at A-Desk, Culturas-La Vanguardia, Terremoto and BRAC (University of Barcelona) and he has participated as author of the books Designing Experience (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Dear Helen (CCS Bard, 2014).

Alan Ruiz

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Alan Ruiz is a visual artist whose work explores the intersection of site-reflexivity, architectural discourse, and urban policy. Engaging constructed space as a perceptual and a political medium, his projects have been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in New York City at The Queens Museum (2016), The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (2016), Wave Hill (2013), the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2011). Group exhibitions include Ortega Y Gasset Projects (2015), Johannes Vogt Gallery (2013), Andrew Edlin Gallery (2012), LMCC’s Building 110 (Governors Island, 2012), and Y Gallery (2011); as well as Tape Modern (Berlin, 2011); and Horatio Jr. (London, 2014). Ruiz has participated in residencies with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Youth Insights Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Art & Law Program, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School for Art and Music. His writing has been featured in TDR (MIT Press), BOMB Magazine, InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, and he is a contributing editor to Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. He received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Pratt Institute, and was a 2015 – 2016 fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. [website]

Matthew Schrader

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Matthew Schrader is an artist based in New York City. He received an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include “methods of charging” at U.S. Blues (solo), and “Tactile Pose” at P!, with Aaron Gemmill. Schrader’s work has also appeared in exhibitions at Regina Rex, Metropolitan Structures, Cleopatra’s Greenpoint, and Silvershed, all in New York, as well as The Richmond Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Western Michigan. Schrader has collaborated with artist Hayley Silverman on performances at MoMA PS1 and MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. [website]