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P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is proud to present new Special Projects on October 12, 2003, including works by Yael Bartana, Sofia Hultén, Misaki Kawai, and Isca Greenfield-Sanders. Special Projects are selected individually, without attention to a theme in order to reflect the extraordinary energy and variety of practices among young artists working in New York City and abroad.

Yael Bartana: Kings of the Hill: Floor 2, Gallery S202. Selected by P.S 1 Curator Jimena Blazquez.

Yael Bartana's latest video Kings of the Hill (2003) paints a portrait of Israeli society, which sees itself in a permanent state of war. In the coastal hills near Tel Aviv, a group of men drive around in circles or motor up steep slopes, often losing traction and sliding back down again. For example, in one scene, a vehicle plows into another and forces it backward. It is difficult to determine whether they are engaged in harmless automotive horseplay or in something closer to a demolition derby. The video addresses themes of power and control in a highly political manner.

Yael Bartana was born in Afula, Israel, and currently lives in Israel and the Netherlands. She first studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and subsequently graduated from the School of Visual Arts of New York where she received her Masters in Computer Art in 1999. She has had solo exhibitions at Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2003), Beelden aan Zee Museum, Scheveningen, Netherlands (2002). Group exhibitions include Armour, Fort Asperen, Acquoy, Netherlands; Wonderyears. New reflections on Shoah and Nazism in Israel, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Rendez-Vous, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon; Nuits Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin, Texas; In the Mean Time, De Appel, Amsterdam; as well as Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center.

Isca Greenfield-Sanders: Rose Point. Floor 3, corner gallery. Selected by P.S.1 Exhibitions Coordinator Jeffrey Uslip. This exhibition is made possible with support from Dietl International.

Rose Point is an exhibition of three new hybrid paintings that illustrate the complex and often ambiguous way in which we remember. Six years ago, Isca Greenfield-Sanders discovered approximately 600 family photographs at a tag sale in Putnam Valley, New York. This archive of photographs became the point of departure for a unique body of work that addresses the fragmentation and limitations of memory. Each painting is a composite of elements from several snapshots. Greenfield-Sanders digitally engineers impossible realities that summon a collective memory.

Isca Greenfield-Sanders was born in 1978 in New York City, where she currently lives and works. She studied at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Klüser 2, Munich, Germany (2003) and Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York (2002). Selected group exhibitions include the Prague Biennale: Peripheries Become the Center in Veletrzni Palac, Prague (2003) and Painting as Paradox at Artist's Space, New York (2002).

Sofia Hultén: Grey Area. Floor 2, Gallery S203. Selected by P.S.1 Chief Curator Klaus Biesenbach and P.S.1 Project Manager Cornelia Tischmacher.

In Grey Area (2001), Sofia Hultén documents her numerous attempts to conceal herself within the confines of a sterile office environment. Dressed in business attire as impersonal as the office she inhabits, Hultén manages to remove herself from the austere corporate landscape by finding unlikely hiding places in file cabinets, discarded cardboard boxes, carpeting, and window blinds. Hultén assumes difficult and often constraining positions in an attempt to "vanish" from the dull routine of the corporate office that surrounds her. Although the removal of her physical presence initially grants her some freedom, these seemingly futile actions indicate a child-like naiveté that ultimately leaves her exposed and vulnerable. Hultén's desperate actions echo the desire to escape, and provides a humorous comment on the repetition and banality of daily office jobs.

Sofia Hultén was born in 1972 in Sweden and spent the years 1975-1997 in England. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Selected recent group exhibitions include Not at Home, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Leergut Abholen, Rampe003, Berlin; We're not here to give you pleasure, rraum 02, Frankfurt; Art works: consulting, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin; Videoidyll, Staatsbank, Berlin; The Berlin Files, De Chiara Gallery, New York; Here and Now, Büro Friedrich, Berlin; Koch und Kesslau, Berlin; Losing It, Fenton Gallery, Ireland; Capri, Berlin; Out to Grass, Koch und Kesslau, Berlin; Uberlebensstrategien fur Untrainierte, Kunst-und Medienzentrum Adlershof, Berlin; Office, The Photographer's Gallery, London.

Misaki Kawai: Octopus Pier. Floor 2, Gallery S204. Selected by P.S.1 Assistant Curator Amy Smith-Stewart.

Misaki Kawai's Octopus Pier (2003) is a site-specific installation of a miniature pier carefully crafted from a variety of everyday materials, such as cardboard, fabric, and even pieces of her own clothing. Handmade dolls whose faces are from photos of Kawai's friends, icons of popular culture like John Lennon and R2D2 or Kawai herself, make up the population of this constructed world. Kawai's work invokes the innocence and fun of a childhood dollhouse, but one that is made to appeal to an adult's cultural sensitivity and insight.

Misaki Kawai was born in 1978 in Kagawa, Japan, and currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include Misaki Kawai Summer Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York; Air Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York ; and Garbage Room, New Image Art, West Hollywood. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Inman Gallery, Houston; New Image Art, West Hollywood; The Front Room, Brooklyn; Transformer, Washington D.C.; Plus Ultra, Brooklyn; and One Pixel, Philadelphia.

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Special Projects Fall 2003

Künstler: Yael Bartana, Sofia Hulten, Misaki Kawai, Isca Greenfield-Sanders