Killjoy Collective is pleased to announce the public opening of TRANSFERENCE works by Aruni Dharmakirthi and Rebecca Tennenbaum. Please join us Saturday, March 18th from 6-9PM for an opening reception. TRANSFERENCE will be on view until Saturday, April 29th. Curated by E.M. Fuller.
Aruni Dharmakirthi is a Sri Lankan born artist based in Portland, OR. They received a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Florida State University and is currently completing an MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. They are also a cofounder and curator at SoftSpacepdx, a video+new media project space that creates a platform for emerging artists.
Dharmakirthi's work uses digital animation and fibers to create installations that move back and forth in time, to explore known and untold histories. The political and the personal come together to recall the journey of migration; connecting it to the tragedies of colonization and the continued violence of imperialism. These histories are reimagined into digital culture; blurring the lines between contemporary and traditional, eastern and western.
Rebecca Tennenbaum is a graduating MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, living and working in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to Penn, she received her MAT and BFA from the University of the Arts. She grew up in New York, Pennsylvania and California, relocating to Philadelphia in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Traversals, a group show in 2016 at New Boon(e) Gallery in Philadelphia, and a solo exhibition in 2015 at La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts in Noyers-Sur-Surein, France. Tennenbaum recently received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center in 2016.
“My work explores relationships between the body and its encounters with external forces. Working primarily with wood and latex, I construct power relationships which demonstrate affect through forms taken from everyday life. I consider the pieces to be appliances with implied functions, authenticating the invisible connections made between the body and its daily encounters with other bodies, appliances, objects and landscapes. I aim to communicate a sense of transference or containment of energy through the relationships of the parts, implying action, void, and balance. An example of this transference would be eating a sandwich that tastes like a banana, simply from being next to it.”