Sheree Hovsepian

Sheree Hovsepian, Untitled #93 from Haptic Wonders series, 20 x 24 inche silver gelatin photogram, 2012

Sheree Hovsepian

In March 2014, New York-based artist Sheree Hovsepian creates many of the works for her May exhibition at Gallery 44 in a darkroom-focused residency. For Soft Landings, Hovsepian produced a series of new works that bring together photography, sculpture and installation, exploring movement, abstraction and various conceptions of the ‘object.’ The photographic works will branch from an ongoing series of photograms, photos made without a camera by placing objects directly on photographic paper, called Haptic Wonders. The term “haptic” refers to the sense of touch, pointing to Hovsepian’s production of these pieces in the darkroom and her moving and manipulating various materials in time and space with her hands. Hovsepian sees these unique works as recording a performance of her body in a brief amount of time within a certain amount of space, further exploring the physicality of photography. The images will be paired with Hovsepian's series of multi-media, wall-based installations called Material Gestures, and free-standing sculptures made of bronze and wood that develop as a tangent to the photographic works by mimicking their shapes and forms.

Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.

This residency is presented in partnership with The Drake Hotel.

Artist Statement

Photography literally means “drawing with light” and thinking about photography is central to what I do. I am interested in photography and its ephemera as mark-making tools, specifically within the dialogue of abstraction. The materiality and limitations of the photographic process are what guides my practice. My work develops from a photographic impulse from which I expand and explore the ways photographic imagery can enter into formal, sculptural, and material relevance while maintaining a physicality that relates very naturally to the body – more specifically to the artist’s hand. The question of what ISconsidered photography is continuously posed in my work, which often has no referent and cannot be reproduced. The “decisive moment” can be many moments in which their culmination forms the final work.”

Sheree Hovsepian (American b. Isfahan Iran 1974, lives NY) received her BFA/BA from the University of Toledo 1999, studied at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and received her MFA from SAIC  2002. She was included in "Harlem Postcards" at the Studio Museum and has had solo exhibitions at Bischoff-Weiss Gallery London 2013, Etemad Gallery Dubai 2012, moniquemeloche Chicago 2012, Charest-Weinberg Gallery Miami 2011, West Street Gallery NY 2010, and the Spertus Museum Chicago 2009. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the SpertusMuseum Chicago.