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    Gautam Kansara’s video and photographic work have been featured internationally in numerous exhibitions and screenings since 2002, including "Collapsing Giant" at Joyce Soho in NYC (2012); "Multiple, Unique, Limited: Selections from the Permanent Collection" at The Center for Book Arts in NYC (2011); "Don’t Hurry, Don’t Worry" at Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi (2010); "No Soul For Sale" at X-Initiative, NYC (2009), "us between us" at Real Art Ways, Hartford (2008); "TV Dinners" at LMAK Projects, NYC (2007). Kansara has been a resident artist at Smack Mellon, LMCC’s Swing Space, and the Center for Book Arts, all in NYC.

    Based in both Beijng and New York, Lily & Honglei (Xiying Yang, Honglei Li) work as a new media artist collective. Their projects utilize traditional painting techniques and digital imaging technologies, including digital animation, virtual reality and augmented reality, to construct an in-between space reflecting Chinese cultural heritages and current social issues in the context of Global Era. Lily & Honglei both studied fine arts in China and continued their education in art in the States. They both received Master of Fine Art degree from College of Visual and Performing Arts at University of Massachusetts.

    Ceramics artist Ming Yuen-Schat was born in Taiwan. His work is inspired by Asian sensibilities and rituals. He enjoys deconstructing traditional forms and redefining function according to essence: what is essential? In his work, he is searching for the tension between quietness and dynamic fluidity in the interplay of form and surfaces. His pottery is functional, not intended to be precious. To him, home is a sacred space, and a home full of one of a kind, handmade, every day objects brings joy and infuses the space with spirit.

    Yasuyo Tanaka is an artist and educator. She studied fashion design, filmmaking, and photography in Tokyo and printmaking and bookbinding in New York City. She has received scholarships and grants, and her work was selected for exhibit in several international juried printmaking exhibitions. She has had solo and group shows, has given lectures, and has taught workshops nationally and internationally. Last year, her solo show “In search of the meaning of our lives ” was presented at the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. This October, her solo show “Regeneration – Listen to the voice of dawn” will be presented in Tokyo.

    Veronica Frenning is an artist and educator. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Veronica has participated in residencies at Edward F. Albee Foundation, Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei, Abrons Arts Center, LMCC SPARC, and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She has also completed the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and is a recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Her work has been exhibited at Blackburn 20|20, Proteus Gowanus, Wave Hill, Galerija Palach, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Mobius Gallery, Abrons and MASS MoCA.

    Eric K. Yue was born and raised in Queens, New York and received his BFA in filmmaking from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Monday Monday is his second short narrative film and was the recipient of the Clive Davis Grant and the Lancer Family Grant for Excellence in Film.


    The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a 501©(3) not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting emerging and underrepresented artists and curators on a local and international level. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities through short-term integrated residency programs, affordable long-term studio spaces, progressive exhibition programs, and engaging public programs that foster global understanding and dynamic cross-cultural dialogues. These services operate in conjunction with our educational community outreach initiatives to promote greater accessibility to contemporary art for the underserved local community in south Brooklyn.

    Interpreting Rituals: The Butterfly Effect

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Interpreting Rituals: The Butterfly Effect

Monday, September 10, 2012 to Sunday, September 23, 2012
Exhibition Opening on Saturday, September 15, 2012, 1-6pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday: 1-5pm or by appointment

New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation
88 35th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Cross Streets: Between Second Avenue and Third Avenue
Subways: D, N, R to 36 St
Buses: B70 to 36 St-3 Av; B35 to 39 St-2 Av

(718) 768-2765

The New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn presents Interpreting Rituals: The Butterfly Effect, an exploration into sacredness in contemporary society. The two-week exhibition considers the quiet reverberations caused by translating the sacred against the backdrop of today’s global uncertainly and societal flux. By re-articulating collective memory and spiritual practices through the creative process, each showcased artist is able to subtly yet inevitably unveil the hope of mutual understanding intertwined with a basic human need to emotionally connect and respond to one’s surroundings.

Ranging from film screenings to ceramics, photography and print making, each work asks the viewer to reflect on the conceptual and experiential pluralism of sacredness. Guests will be invited into an interactive yet introspective space to reflect on spiritual vitality as it vibrates across cultures, time and generations.

On Saturday, September 15th from 1-6pm, spend the afternoon at NARS. Starting at 1pm, enjoy interactive tea servings and drinks from a set of exhibited ceramic vessels. At 1.30pm, we will offer an artist led clay workshop for children and families. Experience a mediation session at 3pm; we will present an Artist Talk followed by a reception at 4pm. NARS will also host one of Eric Gamalinda’s “QRoems” as a destination along the route of his interactive multi-venue project, Deep Splendor: The Way of the Bodhisattva.

Exhibiting artists include Veronica Frenning, Lily & Honglei, Gautam Kansara, Ming Yuen-Schat, Yasuyo Tanaka and Eric K. Yue.