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Dannielle Tegeder: Infrastructure Opens June 5



Dannielle Tegeder: Infrastructure on view June 5, 2016–June 2017


MONTCLAIR, NJ, May 13, 2016—Beginning June 5, 2016, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present new works by artist Dannielle Tegeder in MAM’s Laurie Art Stairway and on the outdoor video monitors. Infrastructure features a site-specific wall installation, large-scale mobile, and series of animations that merge the interior and exterior spaces of the Museum. The exhibition is curated by Alexandra Schwartz, MAM curator of contemporary art, and will be on view through June 2017.


Each piece in the exhibition is its own imagined urban system that also reacts to the surrounding architecture. Prominently featured in the Laurie Arts Stairway, a wall of glass windows allows the artwork on view to be visible from the street and viewers to see out on to the Museum’s grounds and beyond to the Manhattan skyline. The wall installation and mobile draw from the infrastructure that exists behind the Museum’s walls as well as reflect what is going outside of them. A complementary pair of animations on MAM’s outdoor video monitors are digital renderings of drawings that are set to motion to rhythms of contemporary classical composer Matthew Evan Taylor. The original drawing for the animation Zeolfrora is a recent acquisition to MAM’s collection.


“We are thrilled that Dannielle is making this extraordinary suite of site-specific works for the Montclair Art Museum,” said Schwartz. “The Laurie Arts Stairway functions as both an indoor and outdoor space. Dannielle’s installation and mobile go one step further by taking inspiration not only from what’s on view from the staircase but also what’s hidden behind the Museum’s walls.”


Dannielle Tegeder is a New York–based artist raised in a family of steamfitters, whose fascination with architecture, urbanism, and engineering inspire her abstract drawings, paintings, installations, and illustrations. Her work explores abstraction, and has begun to include large-scale installation, sculptural objects, video, sound, and animation.  


Tegeder received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Painting and Drawing from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been presented in over 100 gallery exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and she has participated in numerous institution exhibitions including PS1/MOMA, The New Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Tegeder’s work is also in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and The Weatherspoon Museum of Art in Greensboro, N.C. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the City University of New York at Lehman College.


This exhibition is also part of MAM’s New Directions series, the centerpiece of the Museum’s contemporary art program. New Directions was founded in 2011 to engage the community with new work that is at once accessible and thought provoking. The contemporary art series has featured artists including Marina Zurkow, Saya Woolfalk, Spencer Finch, and Noah Klersfeld.


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New Directions: Noah Klersfeld, on view through May 22



New Directions: Noah Klersfeld on view February 7–May 22, 2016


MONTCLAIR, NJ, February 3, 2016—Beginning February 7, 2016, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present Noah Klersfeld’s recent series of videos Party in the Bathroom on MAM’s outdoor video monitors. Running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the outdoor video monitors present digital art to the public beyond the Museum’s gallery hours and add to the variety of artwork on view on MAM’s grounds. Party in the Bathroom will be on view through May 22, 2016.


            Noah Klersfeld is a New York-based video artist, as well as a practicing architect. His recent series of videos Party in the Bathroom transforms mundane bathroom floor tiles into spectacles of lights, patterns, rhythms, and colors. Here, five different videos are played sequentially on each monitor, which are synchronized. The artist filmed these works in the bathrooms of friends, colleagues, bars, restaurants, and hotels. As he flicks the overhead lights on and off, the colors in the tile floors appear to transform, yet their varying patterns and hues are actually the result of changing levels of light and shade, enhanced by a meticulous digital cutting and layering technique. The resulting abstract compositions exploit the formal potential of digital video, and make a tongue-in-cheek reference to the history of abstract painting. Additionally, the artist explains, these works offer a lighthearted acknowledgement of “the bathroom as an unexplored space of psychological and emotional complexity,” pointing to the many different activities—and states of mind—that take place in the bathroom.


            Klersfeld earned his BFA and BARCH from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  He is currently a resident artist at The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts and has had solo exhibitions at The Hunterdon Art Museum (NJ), The Islip Art Museum (NY), Mixed Greens Gallery (NY), Freight + Volume Gallery (NY), and The Soap Factory (MN).


This exhibition is also part of MAM’s New Directions series, the centerpiece of the Musuem’s contemporary art program. New Directions was founded in 2011 to engage the community with new work that is at once accessible and thought provoking. The next New Directions exhibition will feature Dannielle Tegeder and open on MAM’s outdoor video monitors and Laurie Art Stairway on June 4.