Proposition, on display at HESSE FLATOW gallery through January 11, 2020

Six Columbia Artists Featured in 'Proposition,' Showing at Hesse Flatow

BY Audrey Deng, January 13, 2020

The exhibition Proposition at HESSE FLATOW in New York brings together seventeen video artists and showcases their work in a screening room. Six of these seventeen artists are graduates of Columbia University: Asif Mian ’18, Hugh Hayden ’18, Jonah King ’16, Ben Hagari ’14, Molly Lowe ’12, and Maria Antelman ’11.

The videos are accompanied by a selection of associated props, costumes, sculptures and other related materials from these videos in the adjoining gallery space. Some works are simple found objects made important by the contents of the video, while other works surround the video physically as they hold up the screen. “Though video is immaterial, this show’s focus is on the physical, tangible and tactile efforts that go into the elaborate and sometimes extreme productions that often spin off unique physical objects,” according to the gallery.

HESSE FLATOW gallery is run by two Columbia alumni, Jesse Greenberg ’11 and Karen Hesse Flatow ’96. The gallery’s curatorial focus is on “collaborative projects and emerging artists, creating events and experiences that engage the artistic community, viewers and makers.” ­Flatow received her MBA and MFA from Columbia University and attended the ­Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2019, Jesse Greenberg joined HESSE FLATOW as Director and Hannah Schutzengel as Gallery Manager.

Asif Mian is a Brooklyn-based artist born in Jersey City, NJ. He works at the intersection of sculpture, video, and performance, Mian’s practice dissects the roles that ritual, masculinity, power, and violence have in society

Hugh Hayden was born in Dallas, Texas in 1983 and lives and works in New York City. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. His work was the subject of a solo exhibition at White Columns in New York in 2018.

Jonah King, born in 1985, is an Irish filmmaker and media artist. His work explores themes of landscape, ecology, ideology and structures of power. King received his MFA from Columbia University, his BFA from NCAD, Dublin and has attended the Skowhegan Residency. His work is exhibited internationally.

Hagari’s films and video installations are tragicomedies that unfold in absurdist environments. Extending from the screen-based to installation format and printed matter, his work is the result of wide-ranging research in the fields of literature, theater, art history, and scientific curiosities.

Maria Antelman born in 1971, Athens, Greece, is a video artist based in New York. She studied Art History at the Complutense University in Madrid and holds an MFA from Columbia University.

The show runs from Dec. 12, 2019 to Jan. 11, 2020.