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Workshop: Constellations, Toilet Paper, and 16th Century High Society: Workshop with Karen Azoulay

Wednesday, May 12. 6:30 pm

EFA Project Space
323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Common Jive

Join Common Jive artist Karen Azoulay in a collaborative workshop and toilet paper party! Azoulay will instruct participants in the craft of transforming the most disposable of all household products into a unique, everlasting work of art.

Toilet paper will be hand-stitched into wrist cuffs reminiscent of the elaborate neck ruffs seen in 16th-century Dutch portrait paintings. Once each design is complete, the newly decorated hands of each participant will then be photographed wearing their creations. These hand portraits will later be compiled by Azoulay and used to create a new artwork in her ethereal series Constellation Leo.

Similar workshops have been held at the University of Toronto, the ICCA in Cape Breton, and at the artist’s studio in New York. All are welcome. Bring a friend!

For more information or to R.S.V.P, contact Michelle Levy at

Artist Bio:

Karen Azoulay is a visual artist based in New York City. She received her BFA from York University in Toronto in 2000. Solo exhibitions include ‘Fire Tale’, curated by Joseph R. Wolin at Four Gallery in Dublin, Ireland, 2007; ‘Wading Under a Crackling Sky’, curated by Glenn Ligon at CUE Art Foundation in New York City (2007); and ‘The Evening Canopy and the Sunset Hour’ at Mercer Union in Toronto (2006).  Her work has been included in group shows at the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Stichting, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Hanna Gallery, Tokyo; Art & Idea, Mexico City; Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna, and White Columns, New York among others. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker,, Slate, The Believer, Canadian Art, Elle Magazine, Border Crossings, ReadyMade, and TimeOut New York.  She has received commissions from institutions such as The Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Art Magazine, The Power Plant in Toronto, and fashion designer Jeremy Laing.  Recent projects include ‘The Frontier is Here’, a group exhibition at the ICCA in Cape Breton, ‘Down with Liberty!’ a lecture project at Deitch Studios in New York City and ‘The Banquet of Tigress and Plumes’, a unique event that merged performance, food and sculpture