You are invited to the opening reception for the exhibition at Green Kill of Ali Shrago-Spechler on Saturday, December 1, from 5 to 9. Refreshments will be served.
There will be a special performance at the reception by Line Eldi of the band Line on Some Trip (L.O.S.T.) at 6:30 pm for 30 minutes. The exhibition is on view from December 1 to 29, 2018. Best viewing hours are Tuesday-Saturday 3-6 PM. Green Kill hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 3-9 PM
About Ali Shrago-Spechler
A smooth brow looks so ugly, 2018
With a humorous, sentimental, and sensory approach, Ali’s installations and performative actions address the malleability of history and the invention of tradition. I make videos, paintings, sculptural objects, and interactive events to create a fun, familiar, and strange space for my audience. Her hybrid actions employ a reflective nostalgia; exploring the comedy and violence of Jewish history and culture and encouraging viewers to question their own narratives, self-imposed alienation, and the source and effect of memory.
By occupying established traditions and national symbols filtered through a secular Jewish-American lens, Ali’s multidisciplinary works merge fact and fiction into a new narrative that maintains cultural cues while revealing and celebrating the absurd. Signifiers from popular culture are combined with religious iconography and ritual, reflecting a bizarre integration of social practices. She contextualizes these symbols to explore stereotypes, revealing the structures that root us in our language and lifestyles.
Ali Shrago-Spechler is an interdisciplinary artist from Hollywood, Florida. Through painting, parties, and performative installation, her work explores the source of rituals practiced within religion, nationalism and bureaucracy and the allegiance required to participate. Ali is the recipient of the Emerging Artist Naomi Anolic Family Award (2017), studied fine art at Bezalel Academy of the Arts’ exchange program in 2010 and attended residencies at Trestle Artist Residency (2018), Art Kibbutz NY on Governors Island (2016) Vermont Studio Center (2016) and The Studios at MASS MoCA (2017), with work has been featured in The Forward, VICE Creators Project, Time Out NY, New Times, and The Miami Herald. She received her BFA in painting and art history from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her MFA in fine arts from School of Visual Arts in New York. Ali lives and works in Brooklyn.
About Line Eldi
Born and raised in the suburbs of Paris, Line grew up in a muslim immigrant family from Syria and Palestine. She travelled across Europe and lived in England, Italy, Scotland and Hungary where she found many human and artistic inspirations. She moved to NYC in 2014 and started her official musical project. With a soft voice that can turn into a storm of rage and strumming strings, Line tackles the topic of depression caused by the consumption society. She composes Post-punk and Antifolk sometimes psychedelic songs with simple and quirky lyrics full of irony. “Music is a tool that helps me tame my anger and achieve self and death acceptance.”