Alter Space is pleased to present Triple Take, an exhibition of new works by Seth Curcio, Bean Gilsdorf, and Julie Henson. The work in the exhibition explores the distance between a representation and its cultural reality by combining different material forms of image reproduction with the presentational systems of sculpture and stagecraft. From Curcio’s recreations of spaces that are physically inaccessible, to Gilsdorf’s textile-based redeployment of well-known political figures, to Henson’s staging of American cultural images, these works recontextualize icons and communicate their symbolic power, showing an incisive understanding of how an image can shape collective experience and cultural memory.
Seth Curcio is an artist whose work explores the role of image in the construction of knowledge and experience. Working through collage, photography, and sculpture, his projects co-opt and fracture existing imagery to underscore the distance between the viewer and the original source. Curcio’s work has been exhibited nationally, including The Lab in San Francisco, Cerasoli Gallery in Los Angeles, Fowler Art Projects in Brooklyn, Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, and Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Curcio received his BA from the College of Charleston.
Bean Gilsdorf’s projects examine cultural and historical systems of representation. Her performances explore history through appropriation and improvisation, while more material works—objects, videos, and installations—investigate archived historical records by manipulating images from mass-market history books. Gilsdorf’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the American Textile History Museum, and the Holter Museum of Art as well as at exhibition spaces in Canada, Poland, England, Italy, China, and South Africa. Gilsdorf received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2011 and was a 2011-2012 Fellowship Resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Fellow to Poland.
Julie Henson is an artist whose recent work uses installation and video to highlight the interface between images and the structure of belief systems. Dissecting iconography from a variety of cultural sources, such as popular American magazines, Disney animations, and videos from modern religious events, her work amplifies many of the archetypal references within contemporary cultural experience. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, she received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011 after receiving her BA from the College of Charleston. Her work has been shown nationally including the the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas, in Austin, Fowler Arts in Brooklyn, NY, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and the Scion Installation Space in Los Angeles.