We previously posted information on an exhibition entitled “Turn on the Bright Lights,” curated by Puerto Rican artist Carla Acevedo-Yates [see previous post Art Exhibition: “Turn on the bright lights” at Bard College]. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Acevedo Yates (Bard College), who was awarded this year’s Ramapo Curatorial Prize. An expanded iteration of Acevedo Yates’ project will be produced at Ramapo in 2015.
The Ramapo Curatorial Prize, a collaboration between Ramapo College and CCS Bard, is awarded each year to a graduating CCS Bard student. The prize allows for the production and execution of a curatorial project at Ramapo College with an expanded budget and curatorial fee. Applications to the prize typically represent a restaging / reworking / expansion of the thesis project, but may also be an entirely new project proposal.
Information on Carla Acevedo-Yates’ project:
“Turn on the bright lights” (artists: Kajsa Dahlberg, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Lamelas, Jason Mena, Trevor Paglen), curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, was presented from April 13 to May 25, 2014, at CCS Bard, Hessel Museum of Art.
Depending on how bright it is, a light in the dark can either help us see or completely blind us. And if darkness is conventionally understood to obscure vision, it also makes manifest spaces that cannot otherwise be represented. Drawing on these contradictions in the intricacies of seeing and not seeing, Turn on the bright lights examines how artists use abstraction as a conceptual device to materialize that which remains elusive, indeterminate, and invisible. The exhibition has two parts, emphasizing first an embodied experience of forms, where sculpture, photography, video, and painting speak to the complexities of seeing counter-spaces. It then leads to an increasingly dematerialized environment in which the perceptual limits of meaning are themselves rendered opaque, difficult, and abstract.
Abstraction in the visual arts has often been understood through the lens of the historical avant-garde and high modernism, whose utopian ideals of universality and humanism were intertwined with the totalizing ambitions of the social and political projects of Western modernity. By contrast, the artists in this exhibition deploy abstractions—such as indeterminate geographies, image negation, and the monochrome—as a formal strategy for advancing a nuanced understanding of power relations, a strategy of localized resistance.
Carla Acevedo-Yates holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American Cultures from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and a degree in photography from Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris, France. She is now completing a Masters in Curatorial Studies from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
In 2008, Carla Acevedo-Yates launches the online platform http://dawire.com/. This online magazine based in Puerto Rico was oriented towards contemporary art, its presentation and its critics. Dawire.com was not only focused on Puerto Rican visual arts’ scene, but extended its researches and appraisals on the entire international scene in the field of contemporary art. She is a member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics). Between 2010 and 2011, she was the curator of the Fist Art Foundation in Puerto Rico. This foundation created in 2008, specialized in setting up exhibitions in public spaces and is centered on interactions between contemporary art and nature.
[Many thanks to Jason Mena for bringing this item to our attention.]
For more information, see http://www.artfornews.com/carla-acevedo-yates-fue-galardonada-con-el-premio-ramapo-curatorial
For more information on the artist, see http://www.uprising-art.com/en/portfolio/carla-acevedo-yates-porto-rico/