SHIFT Residency Exhibition
June 26 - August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 26, 6 - 8 PM
At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor
EFA Project Space presents Temporary Island, an exhibition that brings together new works produced during the 2018/19 SHIFT Residency. Over the course of the past year, seven artists came together to form a “temporary island” -- a self-imposed shipwreck on remote land; an organized resistance to survive New York City’s grind; and a floating collaboration on the fringes of busy schedules. SHIFT Residency and its de facto “temporary island” address the unique challenges of work-life balance facing a niche of artists who work over 35 hours per week in support of other artists (as arts administrators, curators, educators, and advocates). Many residents and alumni are caregivers outside of work or members of the “sandwich generation,” whose commitment to the residency underline SHIFT’s call to thrive.
After 10 months off the grid, it’s time to leave the island. Temporary Island, a collaboratively organized show developed and produced over the residency year, features new work by Pradeep Dalal, Matthew de Leon, Alicia Ehni, Nung-Hsin Hu, Patrick Rowe, Maya Valladares, Annette Wehrhahn.
SHIFT Residency was launched in August 2010 to provide studio space and peer support for practicing artists who also work as arts professionals for organizations in New York City. This program honors these individuals with a unique environment to build on their own art practices. Six residents were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the art community plus their potential for artistic growth in a shared interactive environment. The unique nature of SHIFT Residency draws out unspoken challenges and considerations in the lives of its participating artists, who dedicate a significant portion of their time towards supporting other artists and the art community.
Opening reception, with an artist-led walkthrough at 5 PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 5 - 8 PM
Artmaking and Caregiving: A Panel Discussion on Caregiver Advocacy in the Arts
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6 - 8 PM
Closing reception with exhibition publication release
Sunday, August 3, 2019, 6 - 8 PM