BAC Gallery Artist Talk

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:30pm

In conjunction with Rub Me the Wrong Way, join 3 artists, whose pieces are heavily rooted in architecture, as they present and discuss their work.
Artists: Adam Brent, Kirsten Nelson and Traci Talasco

Kirsten Nelson, Assembly Required, 2010, wood, trim, drywall, hand-painted stencil with latex paint, spackle, furniture bolts, screws Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Frederieke Taylor Gallery. Photo credit: Jason Mandella

Adam Brent creates sculptural installations that combine architectural and organic elements to explore issues of nature, reflection, interiors and structure. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995 and his MFA in sculpture from Parsons The New School for Design in 2001. His work has been exhibited at such notable museums, institutions and galleries as The Islip Art Museum, The Bronx Museum for Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Museum For Contemporary Art, El Museo Del Barrio, The Mattatuck Museum, The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Artists Space New Haven, Apex Art, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Gathering of The Tribes, Wave Hill, BRIC Rotunda, Momenta Gallery, The Bronx River Art Center, The New York Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, The New York Public Library, The 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, The Center for Book Arts and several university galleries. Brent has a solo show in the fall of 2014 at Auxiliary Projects in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, he has studied in notable residences such as Artists in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum, Emerge at the Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts in Newark NJ and the DNA artist residency in Provincetown MA. 

Brent is also a principle-founding member of the BroLab Collective. BroLab had its first major solo exhibition at Freight + Volume Gallery in New York in early 2014 and recently completed a 2-year installation for the Bronx Museum’s Lobby. Their first book of collaborative work was published in the spring of 2013 by Seton Hall University. 

Brent has received grants from The Greater New York Arts Development Fund as administered through the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York Foundation for Contemporary Art and recently received grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Newark Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation. His individual and collective work has received critical attention from the Village Voice, L Magazine, The NY Press, Art Critical, The New York Daily News, Architect Magazine, Architizer, Artsy, Art Observed, and the New York Times. Brent also sits on the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Advisory Committee, is a founding member of Food Design North America, and currently serves as Program Director; The BFA IN Integrated Design at Parsons The New School for Design.


Constructed out of common home building materials, Kirsten Nelson's sculptures exist between what they seem to be and what they seem to be lacking; what is still required in order to understand them as realized objects or idealist representations. The works exist in a state of suspended reference, something like instructional illustrations or showroom presentation models. The sculptures initially appear as cross sections and fragments that are meant to fit together, but in the end, cannot do so in any cogent way. Each piece evokes a recognizable site, yet remains an invented fragment, or “false” rendition of everyday architecture. 

Nelson sets a stage for potential narratives in each piece, and stop short, leaving only the boundaries of such potential. Similarly, misplaced wallpaper patterns and building details emerge on the surfaces of the minimal wall and corner constructions. The careful craftsmanship of the sculptures in contrast to the objects’ lack of function evokes a sense of the uncanny and the humorous. 

Originally from Minnesota, Kirsten Nelson received a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an MFA in Sculpture from Purchase College, SUNY. Kirsten mounted her second solo show at Frederieke Taylor Gallery in NY, 2010. She has been the recipient of studio residencies and grants in NYC including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant, AIM (Bronx Museum), Henry Street Settlement Artist-in-Residence, and two LMCC Swing Space Grants, including a residency on Governors Island, NY. She has participated in numerous site-specific exhibitions including Site 92 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and Projects ‘07 at the Islip Carriage House in Long Island NY. Her work has been exhibited throughout New York, Connecticut, and Minnesota and most recently at the Untitled Miami art fair with Frederieke Taylor Gallery in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Kirsten works as the Exhibitions Manager and curator for the School of the Arts at Purchase College, SUNY.

Traci Talasco’s sculptures and interactive installations use architecture like a stage to make simple, everyday acts unnecessarily complicated, challenging, or absurd. Female identity within the home and unrealistic societal expectations often come into play. Sections of walls, floors, and interior spaces are stripped of their intended function, creating a new relationship to our bodies. Architectural arrangements become emotionally complex in humorous ways. Sometimes the pieces pose a physical challenge, such as walking through an obstacle, balancing a floor, or climbing waves of carpeting. Other times they change the viewer’s perspective by inviting them to lie down or by obstructing their view.

Talasco uses ordinary home construction materials and decorative elements, such as plywood, wallpaper, carpeting and furniture. As part of her process Talasco makes models and drawings for larger scale installations. She also uses writing as a springboard for her ideas or she starts with a material that she is attracted to and works with its inherent associations.

Talasco has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most notable solo installations are “How You Seduce Me (Brought to you by Glidden)” at Art Space, New Haven, Connecticut and “.0000918 Acres” at McGrath Galleries, New York City. Select group exhibitions include Masquelibros at the Architecture Institute of Madrid, Madrid Spain and the International Center for Photography, New York City; BRIC Media Arts Center’s Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Art in Odd Places, New York City; Locust Projects, Florida; Harvestworks, New York City and Tilt Gallery + Project Space, Portland, Oregon. Talasco has also participated in several artist residencies including the Bronx Museum of the Arts (AIM program) and CUE Art Foundation in New York City.

Traci Talasco’s work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Flash Art International, and the Village Voice and is included in several exhibition catalogs. She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art /Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1996. She is also an Arts Educator with Studio in a School, teaching fine art residencies in New York City public schools.