Calling Out: Visual Artist AIRspace Residents 2021–22

With practices spanning video, drawing, painting, and installation, the annual Visual Artist AIRspace Residency exhibition features work by the 2021–22 cohort: artists Amina Ross, Jordan Strafer, Dhaynne Torres, and Red Canary Song. This exhibition explores the tension between labor and rest as tied to understandings of self, community and our built environment.

Opening Reception: October 15, 2022, 4-6PM

Photo: Amina Ross, Etheric Bridge: spring’s sutures, 2021 at Springsteen Gallery. Photo courtesy of Amina Ross.


ABOUT

Amina Ross (b. 1993, New York, NY) is an artist, educator, and life-long learner. Amina makes videos, sculptures, sounds, and situations that consider feeling, body-knowledge, and intimacy as technologies of survival for black queer trans and femme people. Amina is currently a critic in the Department of Film, Animation, and Video at Rhode Island School of Design. Amina received their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and their MFA from the Yale School of Art. Amina is currently a Visual Artist in Residence at Abrons Art Center (New York, NY), A Technology Immersion Program participant at Harvestworks (New York, NY) and a 2022 NYC Community Trust Van Lier Fellow at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY). Summer 2022 Amina will participate in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s residency. 

Jordan Strafer (b. 1990, Miami, FL) is an artist working primarily in video based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The New School in 2016 and her MFA from Bard College in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions at Red Tracy, Copenhagen, (2020-21); Housing, New York (2020); SculptureCenter, New York (2020); The New Museum, New York (2021); and Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin (2021). In 2022 she had her first solo exhibition PUNCHLINE at Participant Inc centering her film, PEAK HEAVEN LOVE FOREVER (2022).

Dhaynne Torres (b. 1997, Queens, NY) focuses on drawing and painting. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2019. The artist works with oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, and oil paint. Her work mainly explores loss within Filipino families, the history of a family, the fleeting moments in between, and her present life in New York. The Visual Artist AIRspace Residency at the Abrons Arts Center was her first residency program. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Red Canary Song is a grassroots massage worker coalition in the United States. They initially began as a project to provide legal and financial support for the family of Yang Song, a Flushing massage worker killed during a police raid in November 2017. They also organize with Asian sex workers across the diaspora in Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong.


ACCESSIBILITY

The Culpepper Gallery is on the first floor of the building and can be reached via the front doors of the building and has a level pathway.

The Main Gallery is on the second floor of the building and is accessible via the Garden gate and an elevator. To access the elevator, visitors should request access with patron services at the front desk and they will assist in navigating around the exterior of the building to the Garden entrance. The Garden entrance is located on Willet Street via a 200-foot pathway with a small slope to the Garden entrance.

The Upper Gallery is only accessible via three steps and artwork in that space may not be accessible to visitors with mobility issues or those who use a wheelchair.


FUNDING

Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Artist AIRspace Residency is made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

 

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