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Thesis Exhibition by Pratt M.F.A. candidate Karla Stingerstein opens Apr 8

  • Location:
    Pratt Institute/Pratt Studios Gallery, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11205

March 21, 2013

Karla Stingerstein
Txt/ph: 917/538-9640

Thesis Exhibition by Pratt M.F.A. candidate Karla Stingerstein opens Apr 8

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Master of Fine Arts candidate Karla Stingerstein will present "The One | The Other" at Pratt Studios Gallery, 200 Willoughby Ave from April 8 to 12. An opening reception will be held Monday from 6 to 8 pm. In addition, a closing reception will accompany Pratt Open Studios on Friday, April 12 from 6 to 8 pm. All events are free and open to the general public.

In “ The One | The Other” Karla Stingerstein explores form, fabric and furnishings as they relate to the disposal of domestic life. “I am a steward of objects,” her artist statement says.” The ways in which objects enter and exit our lives; how we care for them; how we think about them; how we occupy them and how they occupy us are questions central to my interests.” In this exhibition she takes discarded objects, shrouding them in stitched coverings that translate the original form into echoes of itself. “Because they have been cast off,” Stingerstein says, “they linger in crisis both physically and psychologically. You cannot give life back to those domestic objects, nor can you listen to the stories they have been a part of, nor the memories. It's all gone… irrecoverable. They can only be something else…other life…other object.” Like slipcovers, Stingerstein hand stitches fabric to encase the object. The coverings suggest the object’s potential transformation moving away from its ideal and towards ambiguity. The implication of its new form is other-ness, a subtle re-imagining of self unhindered by the concrete.

Karla Stingerstein is an M.F.A. candidate at Pratt Institute. She received her B.A. from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Working across media, Stingerstein produces paintings, drawings, and sculpture. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, Pratt Institute, New York, the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts, ED. Varie, New York and the Banana Factory, Pennsylvania. She has also participated in the GO! Brooklyn Museum Open Studio Project. Stingerstein has received grants from the University of Massachusetts Arts Council and the University of Massachusetts Art and Art History Department. Stingerstein lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

"The One | The Other"
Pratt Studios Gallery
April 8- April 12, 2013
Opening Reception: Monday, April 8, 6 pm - 8 pm
Closing Reception: Friday, April 12, 6 pm to 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 11 am - 5pm
By Appt: Call 917-538-9640


Pratt Open Studios
East Hall 102
Friday, April 12, 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, April 13, Noon to 6 pm

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Copyright 2013 Karla Stingerstein: "I Have Great News". Wooden chair, linens, tea, and thread. 16" x 38" x 22". 2013