Untitled THING






Untitled
2012
10" x 10" x 10"
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, algae
THING  An outdoor exhibition in West Cornwall CT

Hex Cloud


Hex Cloud
2011
19.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament, waferboard

3 Holes






                          


3 Holes
2011
21.5” x 7.5” x 8”
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament

Double Ray


Double Ray
2011
16"x 60" x 3.5" 

glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament, waferboard

Heal

Heal

2011
16” x 7.5” x 7”
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament, wax, thread, waferboard

Mollusc

Mollusk
2011
14” x 7.5” x 5.5”
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament, waferboard

Bone


Bone
2011
13” x 6.5” x 5.5”
glass, bacteria, bone, water, vinegar, monofilament, waferboard

Lovelo


lovelo
2011
glass, bacteria, vinegar, water, monofilament, wafer board;
61.75" x 16.5" x 9.5”

Cloud


Cloud
2007
36.75 x 9 x 3.25 inches
Glass, bacteria, water, vinegar and monofilament
    

3,6,12

 

3,6,12
1999
glass, chipboard, dried bacteria, water vinegar and monofilament
24 x 24.5 x 12 inches


Albino and Dream


Albino and Dream
2007
glass, vinegar, water, bacteria, monofilament
36.5" x 9.5" x 3.5"

IT

  
IT
2007                            
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar and monofilament
48.75”  x 7.25” x 3.75”
         

Smong

Smong
2007
glass, vinegar, water, bacteria, monofilament
69.5" x 9.75" x 3.75"

Sanguine


Sanguine
2004
68.25” x 7” x 3.5”
glass, bacteria, water, vinegar, monofilament

Phi



Phi
2007
36.75 x 9 x 3.25 inches
Glass, bacteria, water, vinegar and monofilament
   

Statement


My process in making sculpture is experimental. Driven by the physicality of materials, the work is a constant analysis of the body as it relates to elements in the landscape. I am interested in containing and compartmentalizing nature and have long been focused on the phenomenological result of combining and composing with a variety of materials.

A while ago, I discovered a skin like substance growing in one of my sculptures. I was interested because it reminded me of human tissue, or the skin of an unknown creature, where to some eyes seen as beautiful, and to some extremely grotesque. After research, I learned that it is a fermentation culture, a bacteria called acetobacter. Acetobacter or “Mother of Vinegar,” begins as a film on the surface of wine, accelerating fermentation, and actually causes the wine to change into vinegar. The film becomes a thick plane, resembling skin, which takes the shape of the container it grows in. When the layers are finished growing, the vinegar in the tank is carefully replaced with water and white vinegar so the biological constructions are clearly visible. The final piece is alive but in a state of hibernation.

Since 1995, I have been experimenting with this organic building material as a medium to construct living sculptures. During the last couple of years, I have been drilling holes in the tanks and adding blown glass objects as a new element in these abstractions.


Jennifer Sirey

Born in Brooklyn, NY.                                                                 
Lives and Works in Brooklyn, NY.

Education               Nassau Community College.  Uniondale, NY (1984-1986)
                               School Of Visual Arts.   NY, NY (BFA with Honors, 1990)

Fellowships            Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. January, 2012.

Solo Exhibitions     Feature Inc. New York, NY.  February 2013. 
                               Feature Inc. New York, NY.  Upfront Project Space, March, 2012.
                               Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, Florida. May, 2007
                               Feature, New York, NY.  November, 1993.                                                                

Group Exhibitions   
                              “No Name”, curated by Courtney Childress and Aaron Krach, On Stellar Rays
                                  Gallery, NY. June 2013
                              "Thing", curated by Susan Jennings, An Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in
                                    Cornwall, CT.  July, 2012.
                              “Extreme Materials 2”, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY. October through  
                                    January, 2011.
                              “I Am Not Monogamous I Heart Poetry”, Feature Inc., NY. June 2011.
                              “Salonnaturenoir” 110 West 14 Street NY, NY. December 2010.
                              “Pod”, curated by Brenna Beirne, Prospect Range, Brooklyn, NY. May 2009.
                              “Grass and Honey”, Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY. May, 2004.
                              “You”, curated by Lisa Kirk, NY. March, 2003.
                              “Bomb,” Brooklyn Front, NY. January, 2002.
                              “Being There,” Derek Eller Gallery, NY. June, 2001.
                              “The Cat’s Away,” Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY. June, 2001.
                              "New York Projects,"  Delfina Project Space, London.  July 2000.
                              "Aintings and Rawings," Feature, NY. May, 2000.
                              "Parasite," curated by Mike Ballou Four Walls, Brooklyn, NY.  May 1997.                                                                
                              "Doggie Style," curated by Rick Prol, NY.  September, 1995.
                              "Hyper-femininity," curated by Annie Heron, Tourniquet, NY. December 1994.
                              "R.A.S.: Nothing to Report," , Gallerie Analix, Geneva, Switzerland.  June 1994.                                                                        
                              "Miahaus," curated by Gottfried Tollman, Thread Waxing Space, NY.  July 1992.
                              "Home for June,"  Home for Contemporary Art, NY.1992.
                              "Sockeye," curated by Tie Dang, CSC Theatre, NY.   November 1990.
                              Group Exhibition, curated by Peter Dudeck, Visual Arts Gallery, NY. 1990.

Other                     Performance at "Artist Project," public art festival, Cardiff, Wales.1994.
                              Performance in conjunction with Lily van der Stokker exhibition, Feature NY. 1994                 
                              Curatorial project, "Garden," Gallery 93, NY.  February, 1993.
                              Project, Bomb Magazine, p.85, Winter, 1992.


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