In conjunction with her current residency and exhibition, Times Colliding, Ioana Nemes will discuss ideas and themes of her long-term project, Monthly Evaluations (2001-2010), with design and visual culture writer Andrea Codrington Lippke. Based on a thorough daily analysis of the artist’s own activities split into different departments—intellectual, physical, emotional, financial and the luck/chance factor—via an evaluation grid, the Monthly Evaluations focused on how one’s efficiency might be measured, archived and communicated using words, numbers, mathematical symbols and colors. The project attempts to dissect time and expose subjective and objective perspectives, uncomfortably switching places.
Ioana Nemes (b.1979) studied photography with Iosif Kiraly at the University of Art Bucharest. She is a former professional handball player turned artist at the age of 21 after a serious knee accident. Her artistic practice has been inevitably shaped by the rigorous training and Spartan lifestyle she had as a teenager. Nemes’ drive is fueled by the necessity to visualize and communicate as clearly as possible the hidden mechanism behind linguistic, visual, and psychological systems.
Nemes is one of the most acknowledged and exhibited Romanian artists of her generation. She participated in Istanbul Biennial, (2009), UTurn Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007) and Bucharest Bienniale 2 (2006). Her works have been shown in Secession Vienna (2010), Smart Project Space Amsterdam (2009) and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006). She was a resident at Art in General NY (2011), IASPIS Stockholm (2010) and Kulturkontakt Vienna (2004). She received the Future of Europe Art Prize from Galerie Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2007). In 2011 Nemes will curate the group show WHO AM I TO FEEL SO FREE: Clothing as Site for Negotiation at Pavilion Unicredit, Bucharest.
Andrea Codrington Lippke is a Brooklyn-based editor and writer specializing in design and visual culture. With 20 years of experience in New York’s art, design and architecture worlds, Codrington has been a columnist for The New York Times, an editor at Phaidon Press, senior editor atI.D. Magazine and a lecturer and guest critic at the Guggenheim Museum, Yale University, Cranbrook Institute and Parsons School of Design, among others. She is the author ofKyle Cooper: Monographics and Greta Magnusson Grossman: A Car and Some Shorts, and has written extensively for such publications as The New York Times, Metropolis, Modern Painters and Cabinet. She is a founding faculty member of SVA’s renowned “D-Crit” Design Criticism MFA program, where she heads up the year-long thesis process. She is currently working on her first novel.
Ioana Nemes’ exhibition and residency are part of Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange (EERE). The Eastern European Residency Exchange Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. This public program is presented in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute.
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