Denise Treizman

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Artist Statement

My work repurposes found and ready-made objects spontaneously encountered during my daily life. These materials become part of sculptures and whole room installations that are endlessly in-flux. Precariously constructed sculptures result from a process that embraces chance, explores material relationships and mostly uses what is at hand. By using the excess from society, I point at a throwaway culture where things are easily disposed of.

Without a specific narrative, but containing recognizable remnants that hint
 at a story, my compositions exist as unfamiliar abstractions. Conceived in a playful and intuitive manner, the work examines ideas of informality, improvisation, and new forms of abstract assemblage. To investigate the relationship between the ready-made and artist-made, I often include crafted clay components that blend into the found elements. These ceramic objects are whimsical forms that I long for, yet I would never stumble across in the real world. Juxtaposing handmade, bright, colorful, shiny surfaces against found, worn-out, dusty, plastic surfaces, the works blur their contrasting attributes, proposing instead an improbable material collision.

Like my assemblages, the painterly drawings I make employ the same disjointed process. Marks are gradually layered, as I explore movement, gestures and everyday materials for mark making. Some of these include markers, duct tape and correction tape, spray paint and glitter, among others. They capture the energy of my whole process on a piece of paper, a condensed sample of the gestures and spirit that are always present in my work.

Through mark-making and sculptural gestures, I attempt to own objects that lie
 on no-man’s land: publicly abandoned yet unclaimed and overlooked by most people. I improvise and play, allowing myself to be surprised by materials and their infinite possible combinations. Working both on the street and the studio, I examine how worthless fragments can be transformed into unexpected art experiences.




MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts. New York, NY
San Francisco Art Institute. San Francisco, CA (transfer to SVA)
Fine Arts Certificate, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Santiago, Chile.
Central Saint Martins College of Art. Continuing Education. London, UK
BBA, Marketing and Administration, Universidad Catolica de Chile. Santiago, Chile.


TBD Alfa Gallery. Miami, FL
TBD. +/- Project Space. Soho20 Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
Hasta la Vista, Maybe. Sunroon Project Space, Wave Hill. Bronx, NY
DelanceyLudlowRivingtonNorfolk, Cuchifritos Gallery. Curated by Kelly Schroer. New York, NY
In Transit, Centro Cultural Aldea del Encuentro La Reina. Santiago, Chile


VERBLIST, E. Tay Gallery. Curated by Mark Joshua Epstein. New York, NY (September)
Improbable. LVL3 Gallery. Chicago, IL
Flow.16, Randall’s Island. Public Sculpture. New York, NY
Expand and Flourish among new Acquaintances, Proto Gallery. Curated by Enrico Gomez and Nick De Pirro. Hoboken, NJ.
PASS/FAIL, Ortega y Gasset Projects. Curated by Will Hutnick. Brooklyn, NY.
Art on Paper, Proto Gallery & El Dorado Projects, Booth 121. New York, NY.
Art Palm Beach. ArtLabbe Gallery. Palm Beach, FL
Twilight of the Idols. Proto Gallery. Curated by Rob Ventura. Hoboken, NJ
Diphtong, Shirley Fiterman Art Center. Curated by Stephen Maine and Gelah Penn. New York, NY
Necessary Construct, Trestle Gallery. Curated by Rhia Hurt. Brooklyn, NY
Archimides’ Bathtub Lorimoto Gallery. Curated by Julian A. Jimarez Howard. Brooklyn, NY
Bronx Calling: Third AIM 35 Biennal. The Bronx Museum. Bronx, NY
De Colores, The Buggy Factory. Curated by Enrico Gomez for Brooklyn Open Studios. Brooklyn , NY
Face to Place, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Brooklyn, NY
Take II, Ground Floor Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
The GAM II: Spoken Words Exhibition, NARS Foundation. Curated by Alessandro Facente
Layers of Response, Nars Foundation. Brooklyn, NY
Affordable Art Fair, Recent Graduate Exhibit. Curated by Gabriel De Guzman. New York, NY
Concrete Muse, Dumbo Arts Festival. Curated by Krista Saunders. Brooklyn, NY
Group Velocity, Interstate Projects. SVA MFA Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition. Curated by Summer Guthery. Brooklyn, NY
Contained, Woman Made Gallery. Curated by Carolina Caycedo. Chicago, IL
Seeking Space, The Active Space. Brooklyn, NY
Current Gowanus, Gowanus Loft. Curated by Benjamin Sutton. Brooklyn, NY
Introductions, Treste Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
Emrupt, Leigh Wen Gallery. New York, NY
Yes, But Less!, Gallery Apt 16. Curated by Daria Irincheeva. Newark, NJ
Three’s a Crowd, Superchief Gallery. NYC (3-person)
Split Ends, MFA Fine Arts Thesis Show. SVA Chelsea Gallery. Curated by Tim Saltarelli. New York, NY
Conversational Drivers, Tracx Gallery. Curated by Steve DeFrank & Terry Norton-Wright. New York, NY
Denise Treizman and Dan Flaherty, The Mill Gallery. Trinity College. Hartford CT (2-person)
Your Face is a Landscape, Curated by Sara Reisman & Reina Shibata. New York, NY
Summer Residency Exhibit, Pantocrator Gallery. Shanghai, China
Mondo Tondo, Swell Gallery/SFAI. Curated by Adrienne Rubinstein. San Francisco, CA
Misuse, Diego Rivera Gallery/SFAI, San Francisco, CA
Arte Clasica Contemporanea, Galeria Argentinartes. Booth 19. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Great Painting, Collaborative project. National Fine Arts Museum, Santiago, Chile. Born 1979, Chile.


Flow 16 Public Sculpture Comission for Randall’s Island, NY. Awarded by the Bronx Museum and NYC Parks Alliance.
NYFA Immigrant Artist Program Mentor. New York, NY
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Partial Fellowship. Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT
The Paula Rhodes Memorial Award. School of Visual Arts New York, NY
Featured cover artist, Course Catalogue, San Francisco Art Institute. San Francisco, CA
“Arte Kotex” Totebag design winner. Kimberly Clark Corporation. Santiago, Chile


Assets for the Artists Studio Program Residency at Mass MOCA. North Adams, MA
Triangle Workshop Residency. Salem, NY
ACRE Residency. Steuben, MI
The Elizabeth Foundation Studio Program . New York, NY
Asyulm Arts, International Jewish Artists Retreat. Garrison, NY
NARS Foundation International Artist Residency. Brooklyn, NY
AIM, The Artist in the Marketplace program. The Bronx Museum. Bronx, NY
Ox-Bow Residency . Saugatuck, MI
Immigrant Artist Program Mentee, NYFA. Brooklyn, NY
Artist Pension Trust/Berlin Collective Residency. Brooklyn, NY
Vermont Studio Center Residency. Johnson, VT
Artist Pension Trust artist.
Artist Pension Trust/Berlin Collective Residency. Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Art Space Resident. Brooklyn, NY
Artist-in-residence, Pantocrator Gallery. Shanghai/M50 Art District, China
Summer Residency, School of Visual Arts. New York, NY


Portafolio Denise Treizman. Artishock Revista. (July 17, 2016)
“Denise Treizman: Art that Rocks…and Rolls!” Jan Garden Castro. International Sculpture Center. Re: Sculpt. (July 6, 2016)
“Denise Treizman gives trash a new life at Cuchifritos Gallery” Catherine Murphy. Arte Fuse (May 15, 2016)
“PASS/FAIL @ Ortega y Gasset Projects”. Meredith Hoffheins. (May 13, 2016)
“This Artist Turns Street Scraps Into Zany Readymades That Speak to LES History” Kavitha Surana. (May 4, 2016)
“Studio Visit with Denise Treizman at EFA Studios”. Jasmin Hernandez. (April 24, 2016)
“Two New York Institutions join forces for the influential exhibit El Museo@SVA”. Jasmin Hernandez. (02/09/2016)
“Denise Treizman Q&A”. Sydney Mullis. Maake Magazine Issue 2. (December, 2015)
“The Ghost in the Machine: Diphthong at the Fiterman”. Jhon Mendelsohn. (October 5, 2015)
“De Colores: A group show at the Buggy Factory”. Daniel Gauss. (June 10, 2015)
“Artslant Showcase Winner: Denise Treizman”. Abhilasha Singh. (June 28, 2014)
“Dynamic Space part of city wide art festival in Newark” (Oct 13, 2013)
“Versatile Technique” Paula Barrera. Periodico Al Limite. Page 40. Santiago, Chile.
“Shoes from The Reds will become art works” La Tercera. Page 64. Santiago, Chile. (May 23, 2010)
FUTBOLisARTE featured on CNN en Espanol international signal. Patricia Janiot. (June 11, 2010)
“Between structure and instinct” Gabriela Escobar. Periodico Al Limite. Chile (June, 2009)


El Museo@SVA. Moderated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. SVA Chelsea Galleries, NYC.
2016 Playfulness. Moderated by Natalia Yovane. The Creative Salon, NYC.


FUTBOLisARTE Corporacion Cultural Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. Conceived of and independently implemented every aspect of large-scale, national art-fundraising initiative to raise money for Chileans affected by the earthquake.