Controlled Enigma, an exhibition of SUNY New Paltz  undergraduate and graduate sculpture students, will be at Green Kill  from May  1, 2017  to May 28, 2017 with an opening party for First Saturday, Kingston on Saturday, May 6 From 5 to 7 PM.

Make Tea Not War will be performed at the May 67 opening. Make Tea Not War-– an interactive performance based on our constant loop of anguish and liberation; getting full or running empty. This performance is to cultivate an environment where we help fill each others cups. Based on the rituals of a Japanese tea ceremony, participants can connect to the present moment and to each other through re-accessing our beliefs and values and becoming comfortable with life’s constant state of fluctuation. Make Tea Not War is an invitation to reconnect to calmness which comes in accepting oneself.


Controlled Enigma is an exhibition made up of a portion of current undergraduate and graduate sculpture students at SUNY New Paltz. A common thread between all of the work is expanding our perspective of what one already believes to be true. Each work confronts the viewer with questions; challenging them to think outside of their preconceived habits and motions.

Participating Artists

Jared Peer 

Amanda Heidel Her art practice is about blurring the lines between art and life so that you cannot tell the difference between them. Allan Kaprow once said, “the line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps, indistinct, as possible”. Amanda’s work explores the intersection between sustainability, performance, and materiality through object making and performative actions.

Bri Dragone The elegance of the human body, the flow of the spinal cord trickling down the back only to press against the skin exposing the slivers of its existence beneath. What goes on in the human form and hides under the microscopes from many curious researchers have grabbed my attention. As I explored the medical realm I’ve stumbled into the world of humanity and our need to preserve and our desire to live. From grasping in the darkness of this primordial environment my work demands from me a new path. Individuals manners of handling their own futile desires to elongate such a brief existence and the rituals involved in honoring those who have already been lost to the inevitable battle. Pursuing new materials and creating experiences for my audience to develop their own conclusions based upon my own understanding of life and death, I desire to bring to the forefront of thought the universality- life shattered and maimed and made whole again through various customs and across multitudes of theologies, beliefs, and ideals.

Andy Monk  In his current body of work, he examines the essential concept of home by returning to one of its most basic representations: the triangle on top of a square. This image has become something akin to the stick-figure version of a house; iconic and elemental even though it doesn’t formally represent the vast majority of houses in the actual world.

He presents the stick-figure house over and over again, using variation in materials, size, and arrangement. Andy has found the pythagorean fractal pattern particularly inspiring – the infinitely repeating pattern of stick figure houses, growing smaller with each iteration, increasing exponentially in number, potentially going on forever. The fractal houses eventually come to resemble a tree, connecting to notions of family, rootedness, and even the wood from which many American houses are constructed.

Andy Munk is interested in the ways in which we take the experience of home for granted. We use common symbols and cliches to describe the concept in a general sense, even though our specific experiences of home are extremely varied.

Ana Gallira Ana’s work in this exhibition brings forth her interest in geometric patterns and material connections. Being an artist and a math major in college, the abstract world of infinite numbers provided room for thinking in new ways artistically, philosophically, and mathematically.  Although her current research has shifted, geometry will always find itself in her work.

Originally from Staten Island, New York, Ana Azzue Gallira is an artist living in the Hudson Valley. She received a Bachelor’s degree in both Fine Art and Mathematics at the State University of New York at Albany and is now pursuing a Masters in Fine Art at SUNY New Paltz. Ana enjoys teaching at the university and plans to stay in academia. Her most recent artwork stems from a long-standing interest in social justice. Trying to find simple ways to create better relationships between people serves as a foundation for a better society. To address issues of an empathy deficit, Ana uses viewer participation and interactive sculptures to solicit positive behavior.  Material craftsmanship, scale, and color are used to invoke interest. Throughout her career as an artist, close attention to material connections and formal qualities have been a common thread.

Arielle Ponder

Lindsay Laforte  She is a Hudson Valley based sculptor and illustrator, soon to be a BFA graduate of SUNY New Paltz. Her 3D work is centered on the repetition of process. By pushing a common material as far as humanly possible, she focuses on redefining the purpose a product was once made for by giving it a new meaning.  This allows ordinary everyday objects to swarm together in a beautiful rebellion against fate.

Loforte is also a collaborating artist with the Hudson Valley Bee Habitat, an artist run organization providing public education on the conservation of bees while providing the bees with safe and clean habitats.

Nell Jung Yun Choi

Katie Kelley  She received an Associates in Fine Art degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 2013, and she will have earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and film and video studies at the State University of New Paltz in 2017. Her work utilizes nature to discuss states of being and communication through shifts in scale and identity.