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Anne Polashenski
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Kensington



ARTIST STATEMENT: The setting is the Ottoman Empire and all of the Sultans have been stripped of their Kaftans. I have stolen these ornate robes and incorporated them into Turkish Delight, a series of mixed media works that addresses the status of women through dress. Traditionally, only Ottoman Sultans wore Imperial Kaftans, but I am placing women in these elaborate robes. The women in Turkish Delight are camouflaged within the painted textile patterns. They become invisible or merged with their surroundings through a process of layering, some almost to the point of obliteration. Turkish Delight implies that women are objectified as “eye-candy”– an experience that women confront everyday in almost all cultures. It seems that camouflage could be a powerful way to protect oneself (in this case the woman exercises power in becoming invisible and therefore protected) but taken to an extreme, the woman is in danger of disappearing altogether. The Turkish Delight Flimflams, a series created after the Turkish Delight works, exhibit Ottoman Sultans stripped of their kaftans and dressed in female clothing– corsets, crinolines, ballerina costumes and the like. Stamped images and painted patterns interact with drawings of the Ottoman Sultans (primarily the heads). These pieces move further into the realm of fantasy and absurdity than the other works. The male figures are locked into place by ornate Turkish patterns and are confronted by the absurdity of their dress. Are these Sultans trapped, or are they free? With regard to their dress, I leave it to the viewer to decide.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Born 1976 in Syracuse, New York
Lives and works in New York


EDUCATION

2003
Masters of Fine Arts, Hunter College, New York, NY

1998
Bachelor of Arts, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY


EXHIBITIONS (* solo)

2012
Artist-in-Residence Exhibition at Cooper Union, New York, NY, Aug 8-22, 2012.

2011
Pursuant Pharaohs, Collar Works Gallery, curated by Georgia Wohnsen, Troy, NY, Sept 30-Oct 21, 2011.

2010
Fuzzy Logic, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School at Weston, Weston, MA, April 9-June 17, 2010.
Flat File Exhibition, Golden Parachutes, Berlin, Germany, Jan 22-Feb 26, 2010.

2009
Strictly Regulated, Corridor Gallery, curated by Nina Ziefvert, Brooklyn, NY, Sept 27-Nov 7, 2009.
X, Mixed Greens 10th Anniversary Exhibition, curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Courtney Strimple, New York, NY, July 9–Aug 14, 2009.
* Turkish Delight, Emerging Artist Exhibition Series, Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, April 2-30, 2009
Windows Brooklyn, Home & Haven Storefront, curated by Sara Jones, Andrea Wenglowskyj & Leah Gauthier, Brooklyn, NY, June 6-13, 2009.

2008
tART Summer Show, Rabbithole Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.
* Obliterations, Galería Fruela, Madrid, Spain, October 30 – December 5, 2008

2007
Evolve Dissolve, Go North Gallery: A Space for Contemporary Art, curated by Joe Millar, Beacon, NY, December 8-30.
Visual Reiterations: Recent Work by Anne Polashenski and Yasuko Fujioka, curated by Juliana Driever, International Resource Center (IRC), Flushing Library, Queens, NY.
About Face, Contemporary Portraiture, curated by Paddy Johnson & Danielle Mysliwiec, General Electric World Headquarters, Fairfield, Connecticut.

2006
* Patterned Faux Pas & Other Obliterations, Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV, November 24, 2006 - February 11, 2007
Cultural Redress: Reinterpreting Fashions from the Index of American Design, curated by Juliana Driever, Queens Library Gallery, Jamaica, NY.

2005
The Space Between, Mixed Greens, New York, NY.
Inside Out, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL.
Magic Realism: Project Diversity, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.

2003
Three Faces of Anne, MFA Thesis Show, Times Square Gallery, NY, NY.


FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Jul-Aug 2012
Cooper Union, Artist-Teacher Summer Residency, (one month), New York, NY

Jul-Aug 2011
St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (6 week artist residency), Valletta, Malta

Jul-Aug 2010
The Art Factory (8 week artist residency), Bialystok, Poland

April 2008
Fundación Valparaiso (One month artist residency), Mojácar, Spain

Mar. 2007
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (One month residency), Amherst, VA

May 2005
Atlantic Center for the Arts (Selected to work with Jane Hammond), New Smyrna, FL

Nov. 2003
A Papermaker’s Tour of Thailand & Myanmar (Burma)
3-week residency through Carriage House Paper mill researching/making handmade Thai & Burmese paper.


LECTURES

2009
Plattsburgh State University, Anne Polashenski: Artist & Activist, 2 October 2009, Plattsburgh, NY

2008
Old Westbury College, State University of New York, 6 November 2008, Hicksville, NY

2007
Hunter College, City University of New York, 14 November 2007, New York, NY

2006
Charleston Heights Art Center Gallery, 15 December 2006, Las Vegas, NV


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010-present Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2010-present Archive Assistant, Joan Mitchell Foundation
2009-present Teaching Artist, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn, NY
2007-present Teaching Artist, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY
2003-2006 Jewelry Design Associate, GeoArt by Cynthia Gale, New York, NY
1999-2003 Jewelry Design Associate, Echo of the Dreamer, New York, NY
1998-1999 Assistant Printer, Pace Editions print shop, New York, NY

 








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