Artist Talk: Olga Alexander and Gina Miccinilli’s with ISC’s Johannah Hutchison
August 10, 2017
Theater; 1st Floor
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Reception is free and open to the public, seating is limited.
Artist Talk: Olga Alexander and Gina Miccinilli with ISC’s Johannah Hutchison
Artists Olga Alexander and Gina Miccinilli will be in-conversation with ISC's Executive Director, Johannah Hutchison, at Mana Contemporary on Thursday, August 10, at 5:30PM. They will discuss their process and purpose as sculptors and their time as ISC residents in their BSMT studios.
As these artists wrap up their time as ISC residents at Mana Contemporary their work will be on display in International Sculpture Center’s Office space on the 5th floor in studio #547.
Olga Alexander works on multiple pieces that often suggest other installations. Whether she photo silkscreens her photographs or collage sewing patterns, she references issues regarding culture, nature, and nurture. It’s an ongoing dialogue with her and the variables that cross her path, whether they are in the form of found objects or traces of felt experience that excites and fuels her explorative endeavors. Olga Alexander is a native New Yorker who obtained her BA degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and her MFA degree in painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While in Tennessee she became the first director for A-1/lLab Art Space, a multidisciplinary nonprofit art gallery, and guided the gallery’s expansion and curatorial program. During this time she taught art to adults and children and continued to exhibit and lecture about her art. She thrives on process art, found objects, and installation art, which she likens to writing. She currently lives and works in New York.
Gina is enamored with the myriad of ways that energy transforms matter and can redefine space not only in formal aesthetic approaches but in the expansion of new social paradigms. Her work incorporates both approaches; taking form as site-specific installation and social sculpture. Albeit in very different ways, both reflect the transformative effects of energy and shifting notions of space. Gina Miccinilli is a first generation Italian American, and this cultural influence of her Italian heritage contributed to her love of arts. She pursued interest in foundry and her commercial work expanded to include public curatorial projects, landing contracts with various realty management companies. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate levels while continuing to work in both the commercial and fine art field. Her commercial work has been installed throughout the world from 5th Avenue, NYC to Beijing, with clients as big as Abercrombie and Fitch and Macy’s to 3D Architects and Raymondo Construction. Her fine art work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and was awarded a NYCDOT commission for her site specific work in Tribeca New York City, Lemniscatus
(Left) Olga Alexander, 2017 (Right) Gina Miccinilli, 2017