Fellows’ Exhibition: Sasha Wortzel
Tearing the Sea
Opening:  Friday, April 19, 2024 from 5 to 8 PM

On View: April 19-29, 2024
Hudson D. Walker Gallery

detail from Untitled, 2024 dry point on milk carton, speaker wire
Featuring new works in printmaking, video, and sculpture, Tearing the Sea explores the plagency of queer, colonial, and ecological narratives embedded in the shoreline.

The shoreline, where earth and water meet, is an elusive boundary line constantly remade by the tides. Like queer bodies, the shoreline refuses tidy binaries. It is a space of leisure, commerce, queer sociality; of geological sediment deposited over time and taken away by human-accelerated sea level rise; where organic material and artificial debris become entangled; where decay and ruin ebbs with repair and interdependence.
These works respond to coastal sites across New York, Massachusetts, and Florida with particular attention to my hometown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian and the historic LGBTQ+ section of Jacob Riis Park in Queens. These works ask: what rituals are created together in the surf? What is the space between grief and joy, destruction and regeneration? How will we remember these places that will be reclaimed by the sea and how will they remember us?

Please note: The gallery is available to visit from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please visit the administrative offices to be shown to the gallery.

About the Artist

Photo: Camillo Godoy

Sasha Wortzel is a visual artist and filmmaker using film, video art, installation, sculpture, and sound to explore how this country’s past and present are inextricably linked through resonant spaces and their hauntings. Wortzel has screened and exhibited at MOMA DocFortnight, True/False, CPH:DOX, San Francisco International, Wexner Center for the Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, New Museum, The Kitchen, Henry Art Gallery, and Cooley Memorial Gallery, among others. Wortzel has received support from the Ford Foundation, Sundance, Field of Vision, Chicken & Egg Pictures, Doc Society, and a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship. Wortzel’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places.


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