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Mirroring Horizon

Mirroring Horizon: A Site-Specific Project by Jessica Angel
Curated by Manuela Reyes
Thursday, February 26, 6:00--8:00 pm
CP Projects Space 
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor
New York, New York, 10011
Free and open to the public

MA Curatorial Practice presents “Mirroring Horizon,” a site-specific project by Jessica Angel. The artist will take over the architectural interior of the CP Projects Space, exploring the possibility of visual illusion and space transformation. Jessica will draw over the apexes of the room, enhancing its architectural qualities to then mirror the lines and planes onto the floor, paying tribute to the actual exhibition space, and honoring it as a hub for the acquisition and interaction of knowledge. She will use text-wallpaper and hand-cut adhesive vinyl. The artist is interested in juxtaposing the physical space of the building against the intellectual space where concepts take place; Making an analogy between the conventional three-dimensional world we live in, and the possibility of a fourth-dimensional space that holds our systems of thought together. 

Jessica Angel is a New York City-based Colombian artist. Her recent and upcoming projects aim to foster cross-disciplinary initiatives. Her last installation, Limitless Alignment, at Seton Hall University will be up until March 2015, and it reflects upon an interest in astrophysics. She will be part of a group of panelists that will discuss the ideas of infinity in the realms of art, mathematics, physics and philosophy. Her last solo project in 2014, at the AC Institute in NYC, also enabled forms of collaboration among sciences, philosophy, music, art, and new media. In 2013 she organized Pintura Abierta, a collaborative project that prompted the circulation of ideas about painting. In an attempt to consider this language through its practice, the laboratory gathered different proposals by Colombian painters by means of on-site paintings. The project took place in the Parqueadero space of the Museo del Banco de la República.

While living in New York City Jessica has been awarded the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and the Cooper Union Summer Residency (2012), City Walls (2010) with the Brooklyn Arts Council and BOFFO-NY Artist in Residence (2009). She has exhibited solo at the Museum of Modern Art of Bucaramanga (2008), at the Salamanca University Cultural Center in Bogotá (2008), The Project Room of Los Andes University in Bogota, and at Casas Riegner Gallery (2006 and 2009). Her work has been showcased in group shows both locally and abroad in Bogota, New York, Miami, Washington, La Paz, and mexico city.


Panel Discussion - "Grasping Infinity"

The ancient Greeks are the first culture credited with recognizing the concept of infinity, although they were not appreciative of its potentialities. To be without limits was not a desirable state. It lacked the order and perfection the Greeks valued. Arab and Persian cultures were more comfortable with irrational numbers, and as a result, they made numerous advancements in mathematics, particularly algebra, that have present day applications. However, the concept of infinity has many functions and definitions spanning a variety of fields of study including philosophy, theology, physics, astronomy, mathematics and the visual arts.

This panel discussion will bring together scholars from different disciplines to discuss and understand the concept of infinity from a variety of frameworks. The panel discussion will feature:

JESSICA ANGEL: is an artist whose work is architectonic in nature. She takes over interior spaces to explore the possibilities of visual illusion and perspective. Her immersive environments are landscapes inspired by structures found in computing, urban environments and anatomy. Her interdisciplinary practice is predicated on the belief that complex patterns and information lie at the core of everything we perceive.

JACLYN AVIDON: is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, the Chair of the Association’s Education Committee, and an instructor for the Association’s classes. Jaclyn graduated with honors from Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. She spent over two years researching the subsurface conditions of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, including a summer spent at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

GIANLUCA BIANCHINO: is a multimedia artist living and working in Northern New Jersey. Originally from Italy, Gianluca attended an Architectural magnet school in Avellino before relocating to the US where he enrolled at New Jersey City University to receive a BFA in painting. In 2011 he completed his studies with an MFA from Montclair State University focused on sculpture/installation. Gianluca has maintained a studio practice for over ten years in Northern New Jersey, for nearly a decade in the thriving arts district of Newark NJ, and currently in Jersey City. Bianchino exhibits regularly throughout the greater New York area. Recent exhibits include The Painting Center, NY and at Chashama Chelsea Project Space, NY and a solo exhibit at Index Art Center, Newark, NJ which is reviewed in the April 2013 edition of Sculpture Magazine. Gianluca’s current body of work is inspired by cosmology and physics.
MANFRED MINIMAIR: is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Director of the certificate program in Data Visualization and Analysis at Seton Hall University. He is a computing scientist and applied mathematician with a strong interest in symbolic computation, data science and collaboration software and frequently works with other researchers, including scientists in psychology and biology. He earned degrees from Johannes Kepler University and North Carolina State University.

MEHMET ALPER SAHINER: is currently the Chair of the Department of Physics at Seton Hall University. He earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 1995. Before coming to Seton Hall University, he worked as a beamline scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a senior scientist at Evans Analytical Group, a network of distinguished laboratories. His current research interests lie in the area of semi-conductor materials and solar cells. Dr. Sahiner is also the recipient of many prestigious grants to support his research and serves in the editorial board of (Elsevier) Material Science for Semiconductor Processing Journal.

TRAVIS LEROY SOUTHWORTH: lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson (2004) and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). He has shown at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Bronx Museum of Art, New York; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL; and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX among many other venues. In 2013 he completed a residency at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland.

JEANNE BRASILE: moderator of the panel, is currently the Director of the Walsh Gallery and curator of “Getting to Infinity.” Philosophically, she sees the gallery as a place for asking questions rather than a framework for imposing meaning. I am most interested in developing exhibitions that challenge visitors to re-think their perceptions about art, art-making and the role of the museum/gallery. She frequently curates exhibitions that investigate topics in an inter- disciplinary fashion.

The panel discussion is free and open to the general public.
The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University 400 S. Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:30am to 4:30pm

This program is made possible, in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

Open Call for Assistants - Art Installation at Seton Hall University.

Jessica Angel, visual artist based in New York, seeks career-minded students and art enthusiasts with a working knowledge in contemporary art, drawing and installation work, to assist with the execution of an installation project at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Prior experience related to dye-cut vinyl installation and perspective drawing is preferred. Attention to detail, promptness and strong organizational skills, are required.

The installation of the project starts on Jan 3, 2015 until Jan 20, 2015. Applicants must be available to work a minimum of 3 days a week

DEADLINE: Tuesday December 23, 2014

To apply, please send to 
  • A 100 words paragraph stating why you are interested in this position. 
  • 5 images in a JPG format 800 pixels - 72 dpi of the work that best represents your compatibility with this project.
  • Schedule. Dates and hours you can commit to the project. 
College credit may be available upon request. Schedule is flexible but changes must be made in advance.
You can see "the making of" past projects of the same scope: