Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Priyanka Dasgupta as the artist-in-residence at Bose Pacia

Transparent Studio at Bose Pacia is hosting Priyanka Dasgupta as the artist-in-residence. She is creating a life-size, mechanical shadow puppet inspired by her grandmother, which clutches objects to maintain control over her physical environment and manage the frustration of fading memories.

Born in Kolkata, India in 1979, Priyanka Dasgupta has a MA in Studio Art from NYU/ICP (2003) and a BA in Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (2000). She has participated in the Aljira Emerge with Creative Capital (2007) and AIM Program (2005). Dasgupta is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award (2004). Her video installations have been exhibited extensively in the US, Europe and Asia including The International Center of Photography, Wagner Gallery, Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Shrine Empire, and Seoul Art Space . Dasgupta’s work belongs to several prominent collections. She lives and works in New York, NY.

Grappling with the duality of material dependence and ephemeral life, the artist explores the resulting conflict in her new work and through collaborations with interdisciplinary artists. During her residency, she will continue investigating the connections between digital video and sculptural installation. 

The events incorporated a sharing of work in progress and opportunities for collaboration; a discussion of her process and upcoming projects with mentor, artist and educator Simon Leung, within the context of his own work, to be followed by a special two-part Open Studio event by theater group, BILLY & COMPANY, including a discussion and a staged reading of A Dream Playby August Strindberg, a collaborative and inter-disciplinary work in progress to be produced by Billy & Company in November 2012.

Launched in January 2012, Transparent Studio is an artist residency program founded by Bose Pacia. Emerging and mid career artists are chosen. By turning the transitional gallery space into temporary artist studios on the street-level in an active arts neighborhood, it looks to create an atmosphere of engagement and conversation around the creative process. During the residency, the public is invited to interact with the artist throughout their creative process allowing exchange and collaborative relationships.

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