Art Installation Series: By the Patterns by Kira Nam Greene

My latest project was a large installation of wall drawings at Schaffer Library Learning Commons at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I installed my artwork Monday, March 28th through Thursday, March 31st, 2016, from 9 am to 5 pm. The installation took place during the library hours when students, faculty, staff and the public were able to view the artist at work, informally interacting and observing the creative process in real time and bringing the visual arts from a gallery setting into public spaces. The installation also took place with the help of students, and culminated in public artist talk. I was the fourth featured artist in the Art Installation Series.

By the Patterns
My art installation, By the Patterns, involves wallpapers, stencils and wall painting of complex patterns, icons and design motifs. The patterns in these motifs are representations of cultures and political realities. Wallpapers are Continue reading

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Food Nostalgia Opening on February 5, 2016

Food Nostalgia

February 5 – March 13, 2016

Artists: Cey Adams, Emilie Baltz, Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim), Gonzalo Fuenmajor, Kira Nam Greene, Jonathan Stein

Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley

For the full press release, click here.

Radiator Gallery is pleased to present food nostalgia, an exhibition of paintings, photographs, video, sculpture and installation works by artists Cey Adams (New York), Emilie Baltz (New York), Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim, New York/ Arizona), Gonzalo Fuenmajor (Miami, FL), Kira Nam Greene (New York) and Jonathan Stein (Coral Springs, FL).

“food nostalgia looks at food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production” says curator, Amanda McDonald Crowley. Continue reading

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New Year’s Exhibitions

Happy New Year! I wish that the new year will bring you peace, happiness, health and prosperity. As the New Year begins, I am going to have a busy few months with exhibitions and lectures. I hope that you will be able to attend some of the events since I would love to see you and catch up.

January 2 – April 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 20, 5-6:30
Mandeville Gallery at the Nott Memorial
Union College, Schenectady, NY
Artists: Kira Nam Greene, Juan Hinojosa, Simone Meltesen, Karen Schiff, Sam Vernon, Rachael Wren

To view the Catalog for this exhibition, click here.

Food Nostalgia
February 5- March 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 5, 6-8
Radiator Arts
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY
Artists: Cey Adams, Emilie Baltz, Disorientalism, Gonzalo Fuenmajor, Kira Nam Greene, Jonathan Stein

For Press Release, please click here.

I also have a few upcoming shows in March and April, including a solo exhibition at Brown University. I will update you with more details for these exhibitions at a later date. All the dates are subject to change. I will also be on a panel, discussing 21st century feminism and art at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD on February 11, 2016. Thank you and I hope that you are having a great start of the new year!

Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawings and Realism
February 27 – April 9, 2016
Opening Reception: February 27, 6-8pm
CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Kira Nam Greene: America Eats
March 1 – April 8, 2016
Opening Reception: March 3, 5-7pm
Sarah Doyle Gallery
Brown University, Providence, RI

By the Patterns: Art Installation Series
April 1 – August 30, 2016
Artist Talk and Reception: April 1, 12:45pm
Schaffer Library
Union College, Schenectady, NY

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Energy That Is All Around: Mission School Exhibition at NYU Grey Gallery

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND, which originated from San Francisco and was on view at the NYU Grey Gallery in New York, provides a rare opportunity to view early works by five Mission School artists—Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, and Ruby Neri. These five artists were friends and collaborators who attended or were associated with the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and came together at a particular time and place in the early ’90s in the Mission neighborhood in alternative art spaces such as Four Walls, The Luggage Store, Victoria Room, The LAB, New Langton Arts, and Adobe Books. They were each strongly influenced by Bay Area Figuration, the Beat movement, Funk art, and punk. The group has been defined by their celebration of social art-making, community, folk art, nostalgia for the obsolete, low-production values, and “street” aesthetics. These values are manifest in the use of found and reclaimed materials, decorative patterning, cartoons, a distinctive color palette, hand lettering and printmaking, cluster paintings, and a crafty immediacy of materials.

I found the exhibition refreshing from usual New York summer group shows as I was pleasantly surprised by the freshness and still vital energy of the works by all five artists, especially Alicia McCarthy’s naive yet sophisticated and nonchalant yet intense abstract pieces. The above photos Continue reading

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New Oil Painting in Progress

I have been working on a new oil painting, featuring dragon fruits for a few months now (and still a long way to finish). This is a first oil painting that I have done in over 10 years, and I have been learning and re-learning many technics, which has been both challenging and exciting at the same time. Here are some of the photos documenting the progress of the painting. I thought that it might be fun to see how the painting was made.


glazing the seeds for the fruit

glazing the seeds for the fruit








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Artist’s Life and Institutional Changes: Open Engagement Conference

unisphereI attended Open Engagement Conference, a three day international conference on socially relevant art making on the weekend of May 17 and wrote a little review for Temporary Art Review. Here is a direct link to the article, but I thought I would post the article on here for my regular visitors.

Conceived as a graduate school project by the founder Jen Delos Reyes in 2007, Open Engagement Conference has grown in scope and ambition. This year’s Open Engagement (OE), a three-day international conference exploring various perspectives on socially engaged art making, highlighted the theme of Life/Work. The various sessions at the conference explored the social conditions in late capitalist economy such as labor, education, and food production in the context of being a socially responsible artist. Unlike many academic conferences, OE tries to incorporate its founding philosophy into the format itself and hosts many social gatherings, workshops and open platform presentations in addition to more traditional lectures and presentations. The workshops tried to address questions such as: What are the impacts of artists living and working in community? What is the work of art today? How has the idea of life’s work changed in the 21st century? These are obviously very big questions Continue reading

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New Studio at the Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts

studio01It has been a while since I posted anything on my blog, and there is a good reason for it! I was selected to become a member at the Elisabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) and got a new spacious studio.  Moving is a pain, and it took a long time to pack, unpack, clean and organize the new studio, but I love the new space. And above photo is a peek at what is going on at the studio right now. The EFA Studio Program was created to provide affordable studio space within a community of artists, facilitate career development, and promote public and critical exposure for the members in the middle of Manhattan in the Garment District. If you are interested in becoming a member and getting a subsidized studio space, here is the link for the application. The application is open every year in December.


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Mathew Barney’s River of Fundament


Scene at a drydock at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Act III of Mathew Barney & Joanthan Bepler’s “River of Fundament”

On a frigid February night, I made a pilgrimage to BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) to see the 6 hour epic of Mathew Barney‘s new film, River of Fundament, loosely based on the 1983 Norman Mailer novel, Ancient Evenings. In the Mailer’s novel, the protagonist, an ancient Egyptian named Menenhetet I seeks to reincarnate three times in the hope of achieving immortality. According to the BAM program note, River of Fundament “borrows its structure from Mailer’s text, corresponding to the seven stages the Egyptian soul undergoes in its journey toward new life.” Conceived as a nontraditional opera (with the music by Jonathan Bepler), the movie’s narrative (or whatever narrative might be) is driven mainly through the music that is percussive and meditative at the same time (also the most enjoyable element in the movie).

Much has been said about the overflowing of feces in Barney’s new movie (Review in Hyperallergic can be found here). To me, the obsession with feces seemed entirely superfluous, neither shocking nor interesting that seems to overshadow Continue reading

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Palette Exhibition and Lecture at Salisbury University

I participated in a fun, food themed group exhibition, Palette and also gave an artist lecture to enthusiastic students at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD last weekend in February. In Palette, Salisbury University Art Galleries exhibited artworks by artists who use food as subject, material or content. From carefully contrived still-life paintings, to humorous time based videos of drinking milk, the participating artists showed us that our stomachs are not the limit. In conjunction with the exhibition Palette, the Salisbury University Art Galleries has invited local chefs to create artworks out of food to explore the art and culture of the foods we eat, which celebrated the closing of the exhibition. Here are some of the photos (Click the post to view more photos). Continue reading

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The Metro Show: outsider and folk art

Last weekend of frigid and snowy January, I went to the Metro Show to see some very inspiring works that I have seen in recent years. Held at the Metropolitan Pavillon in Chelsea, the Metro Show features very manageable 37 exhibitors who deal antique prints (C&J Goodfriend, for example, who brought etchings by Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi and Picasso, among others) to folk art sculptures to contemporary art and everything in between. I was mostly interested in viewing what is generally termed as “outsider art.”

The term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut, a label created by Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outsides of the established art scene such as an insane asylum inmates and children. German Expressionists particularly fell in love with the schizophrenic artists such as Adolf Wölfli, Karl Brendel and August Naterrer and Continue reading

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