Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Artist residency

2020 Alumni Artists-in-Residence

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is thrilled to offer its first Alumni Residency open to any artist who has participated in Bemis Center’s Residency Program or has exhibited at Bemis since the organization’s founding in 1981. Jenny Yurshansky and Tom Comitta were chosen to receive a 4–6-week residency at Bemis Center in 2020, including financial support, to continue their research and work from an international pool of 46 artists.

JENNY YURSHANSKY
SUMMER 2020 ALUMNI ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Jenny Yurshansky is a Los Angeles-based American artist born in Rome by way of Soviet-era Moldova. Her current project deals with the legacies of loss experienced by the ever-expanding group of people like herself who have lived through the refugee experience and its unfolding effects as it carries through generations. During her alumni residency, Yurshansky will extend the creation of this body of work, which was developed, in part, at Bemis in 2018 and debuted at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2019. She plans to construct a new large scale installation which involves a “family tree” re-imagined as blackened climbing rose over a trellis; a series of embroideries that utilize imagery from traditional Moldovan folk sampler patterns combined with uncanny images of children and families from Soviet-era alphabet primers; and a large-scale weaving.

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Jenny Yurshansky; A Legacy of Loss (Disperse), 2019; Charred steel, precision blank optometric glass; Installation size variable, 14 armatures; Courtesy of the artist.

TOM COMITTA
FALL 2020 ALUMNI ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Tom Comitta, based in Los Angeles, is a writer, multimedia artist, performer, and designer. He is currently working on a novel entitled The Nature Book that includes collages of nature descriptions from 300 novels into a single, 85,000-word nature novel; there are no words of his own. During his alumni residency, Comitta plans to continue this project, which he began at Bemis in 2016, by recording it as an audiobook, a sound installation for a future art show, and as material for live collage in collaboration with musicians building on his ongoing practice in vocal performance and sound poetry. Outside of the recording studio, Comitta will work on his next book, a follow up to The Nature Book and a collage of all of the other patterns, apart from nature descriptions, that he has found in how fictional narratives are constructed.

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Tom Comitta Bemis studio view, 2016; Courtesy of the artist; Photo: Colin Conces. 

Alumni Residency applications were reviewed and finalists were selected by a panel including Chris Duncan, Artist, Curator, and Publisher of LAND AND SEA, Oakland, CA; Francesca Fuchs, Artist, 2D Department Chair Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; and Fred Stonehouse, Associate Professor, Art Department, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Madison, WI. Finalists were then reviewed and chosen by Kimberli Gant, Ph.D., McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA; Jennie Lamensdorf, Bay Area Lead of the Facebook Art Department, Co-Founder of Forward Union, and independent curator, San Francisco, CA; and Humberto Moro, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX and Adjunct Curator, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.

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