Floating Point at Judith Charles Gallery, New York
Floating Point, Work by 49 Columbia MFAs
Opening: Thursday June 25th, 6-8 pm
On view: June 26th–July 3rd, 2015
Film screening: Sunday June 28th, 7-9 PM
Judith Charles Gallery | 196 Bowery
Curated by Paddy Johnson
Columbia University and Judith Charles Gallery are pleased to debut Floating Point, an exhibition of 49 of New York’s most promising young artists from the Columbia MFA program. The show includes work in all mediums—from browser bending video work to terrifying sculptural visions of the future to lush abstract painting.
Because the unifying thread of this exhibition is the shared space these artists make their work, the show’s title pays homage to that building. Floating Point, a computational term that refers to a formula or code that approximates a real number, was first used in what is now the Columbia studios in Watson Hall. (Between 1948-1954 they housed the IBM 610, first personal computer and between 1955-1968NORC the first supercomputer. Both used the formula.)
Perhaps more importantly though, Floating Point proves an apt allusion to art making processes that try to find a balance between ambiguity and precision. Unlike in computing, though, there’s no fixed formula to achieve such harmony. It is achieved only through working tirelessly in the studio a job these MFAers have done diligently every day for the past two years.
Participating artists include: Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Cristina Camacho, Jenny Cho, Sam Cockrell, Carla Cisno, Kelsey Elverum, Devra Fox, Ector Garcia, Cy Gavin, Ilana Harris-Babou, Patrice Helmar, Mike Hewson, Brooke Holloway, Cary Hulbert, Bryan Jabs, Stephen Paul Jackson, Talia Link, Yujin Lee, Dana Lok, Coby Kennedy, Jonah King, Bora Kim, Emily Kloppenburg, Nicole Maloof, Julia Medynska, Ioana Manolache, Pablo Montealegre, Matthew Morrocco, Leah Moskowitz, JP Mot, Filip Nikoljski, Gina O’Connor, Justin Olerud, Ilaria Ortensi, Lorella Paleni, Ruth Patir, Sondra Perry, Julia Phillips, Vivian Qin, Meredith Sands, Lynn Spanke, Frank Spigner, Michael Stablein, Jr., Rachel Stern, Alex Strada, Victoria Udondian, August Vollbrecht, Cameron Welch, Jonathan Bruce Williams and Jiwoon Yoon