Our studio practice involves an encounter between a projected video and an object. We glean videos from everyday life, direct scenes in the studio or appropriate from the internet. The videos are then manipulated and projected on sculptures. It is a choreography of collage-making: elastic videos are loosely stitched together with objects, and sculptures are oriented towards projections. The unpredictability of found images overlaps with the intentionality of made things.
We meet each other as our materials do, through dialogue and interaction. Building on ideas from one another allows our practice to remain open and flexible. The making is determined by improvisation and play, and held together with a certain logic and order. This tension is important to maintain a sense of fluidity and a pliable structure in the work. Bringing both of our individual identities into the collaboration, our work embodies complexity of experience and diversity of form.
Working between a projected moving image and objects, we like to think about the materiality of the image as “thing.” We consciously participate in a new digitally-shaped vision of a world by illuminating the connection between the physical material and the projection. Cutting and refitting simple iPhone videos and gathered footage, we combine borrowed narratives and personal experience.
Armed with edited videos, we allow ourselves to look again at things we had to leave behind as young girls–things we overlooked. Shiny plastic, glittery-pink, flickering lights, dollar-store bargains – all these become ritual objects we can play with in the studio. We question assumptions about why something is attractive and seductive, cheap or expensive and what decisions are arbitrary or purposeful. In this, we join a feminist project of taking what is left, retrieving what is always hidden, compiling and rearranging it to tell a “her-story”–our-story.
MFA, Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute
Graduate student in Cultural Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Spring semester as an exchange student, The Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien).
BFA, Dept. of Fine Arts, Bezalel Academy of Arts, Graduation with honors
Groundwater: A Com position for four Hands, MFA thesis show, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem
Drawings, main gallery, Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem
Babylone U.S.A., The Boiler Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Give Me Some Space, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Alive Tonight, group exhibition, Dekalb Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Soli tary Pathways (Lonely Girls Show), Zimmer Gallery, Tel Aviv
Colon, group exhibition, gallery of Jerusalem Downtown Design Center
Suspension, group exhibition, Shabazi Gallery, Jerusalem
Lilith, a night of women’s creative expression, Avram Gallery, Jerusalem
Night Islands, a cooperative art project, deserted space, Tel Aviv
Tit for Tat, a group exhibition, Ausarten N[x] gallery, Vienna
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Excellence in academic achievement Fine Arts Department, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Stutzman Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Sculpture at the Vermont Studio Center.
Poetics Lab Program Fellow, spring 2016, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
The Calrow Memorial Scholarship, Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Merit scholarship, Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Graduation with honors, Dept. of Fine Arts, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem.
Excellence with highest honor, Dept. of History & Theory, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem
June 2015– June 2016
Coordinator, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
Nov. 2014– June 2016
Graduate assistant, Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
Museum guide and youth counselor at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Museum guide at Ashdod Museum of Fine Arts, Ashdod, Israel.
Assistant in the production of Yehudit Sasportas’s retrospective exhibition at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem
ELIZABETH STEHL KLEBERG
M.F.A. Dept. of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute
B.F.A. Studio Art, Spanish, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Groundwater: A Composition for four Hands, MFA thesis show, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Unearthed, Old Metropolitan Hall | Charlottesville, VA
Reiterations of a New Landscape, WVTF and Studio IQ Gallery| Charlottesville, VA
In All the Vast and Lonely Reaches, The Garage | Charlottesville, VA
Two Paintings, New Dominion Bookstore | Charlottesville, VA
No Deep Shadow, No Utter Darkness, Ruffin Gallery | Charlottesville, VA
Excavation, Runk Gallery | Charlottesville, VA
Roll Away Your Stone, The Garage | Charlottesville, VA
We Are Not Prisoners, Ruffin Hall | University of Virginia
Babylone U.S.A., Pratt MFA group show, The Boiler Pierogi | Brooklyn, NY
Give Me Some Space, group exhibition, Steuben Gallery | Brooklyn, NY
Alive Tonight, group exhibition, Dekalb Gallery | Brooklyn, NY
This Time, That Place, John P. Connaughton and Stephanie F. Connaughton Gallery University of Virginia
Virginia Alumni Painters, Capitol One Headquarters | Richmond, VA
On Hope and Lament, The Haven | Charlottesville, VA.
Revel, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative | Charlottesville, VA
Feast, WVTF/NPR Studio | Charlottesville, VA
The Center for the Study of the End of Things, The Space at 11 th and West Main| Charlottesville, VA
Past Meets Present, Ruffin Gallery | University of Virginia
Selected Class Exhibition, Ruffin Gallery | University of Virginia
Kavanah, The University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA
FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Stutzman Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Sculpture, Vermont Studio Center
August 2016 — Artist in Residence, @Tribute Camp, Computers 4 Kids, Charlottesville, VA
Poetics Lab Program Fellow, Spring 2016, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Resident Artist, The Haven, Charlottesville, VA
Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Studio Art
August 2015– June 2016
Graduate assistant, Drawing Resource Center, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Teaching Artist, Children’s Museum for the Arts, New York, NY
Art Teacher for Lower and Middle School, Regents Classical Christian School, Charlottesville, VA