Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Maria Antelman: Soft Interface

Maria Antelman; Hypnos, 2020; Two C-prints; 58 x 50 inches framed; Courtesy of the artist and Melanie Flood Projects, Portland, OR.

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December 10 | 8–9 PM CT

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With references to classical sculpture and archeology, Maria Antelman’s work in Soft Interface acknowledges the line between permanence and impermanence. Intimately photographing herself and her family and then splicing these with imagery from the natural landscape–referencing bodies as historic sculptures–Antelman intertwines the human form (humanity) with the porous stones of the earth. Creating formal connections through diagrammatic framing techniques, Antelman’s photographs and closed loops (gifs) are transformative. Her process includes photographing primarily with 35mm film, then scanning, manipulating and/or animating the images, editing and displaying the final work within the designed frames. While previous works have focused on the intersection of humanity with computer technology, the work in Soft Interface is rooted in stone, the base element for all future technological development. As a native of Greece, Antelman culls deeply from history while dually imagining the future.

Maria Antelman (b. 1971, Athens, Greece) is a visual artist based in New York. She works mainly with 35mm film photography and she holds an MFA in New Genres from Columbia University. Recent exhibitions include Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; Mechanisms of Affection (solo) at the VAC, UT Austin (2019); Disassembler (solo) at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2018). She has been awarded production grants from the Onassis Foundation USA, the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, and the J.F. Costopoulos Foundation.

Intimate Actions is generously sponsored, in part, by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Art Bridges, Douglas County, Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Omaha Steaks.

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