The Introducing Series
The Window at 125 at The Roger Smith Hotel
Introduction #12

Introducing ( rogersmithlife.com/art/the-introducing-series ) is an initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will also have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at The Window at 125.

Elana Katz
Introduced by David C. Terry

"I first met Elana Katz though a mutual friend when I was traveling through Berlin in September of 2011. I had just come off a residency and a reaffirmation of my own practice. Once we had a moment to chat about our work, we noticed that our concepts were coming from the same place, the world around us and how societies and people engage with and treat one another. After going through her work more closely, I became more and more engaged; respecting and admiring the approach she takes to what some would say are sensitive topics. I create objects or images that speak to our culture, Elana creates experiences. She is what I would call a method-sculptor. Though her presentation is often performance-like, Elana personally investigates, researches and ultimately lives her work as it’s being created and executed. Elana is one of the few artists I have encountered who confidently and courageously attacks subject matter from which most artists would shy away. Her performances and experiences are both emotionally and physically grueling while maintaining an aesthetic beauty, as you will see in her performance and installation at The Window at 125. It is my privilege to introduce Elana Katz."

-David C. Terry

Elana Katz is an American artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. Working often from an historical basis, Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create an experience of unlearning the assumed. Her recent grants have included the DAAD Graduate Studies Scholarship for Germany (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund (2011). At the invitation of Marina Abramovic, she participated as a reperformer of the artist’s works at Abramovic’s 3 month retrospective at Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010). Other recent performances and exhibitions have taken place at Location One, New York, USA (2011) Content @ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan (2011), Musée Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Belgium (2011) and the Freies Museum Berlin, Germany (2012).

David C. Terry is the Director of Programs/Curator at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) where he oversees the Fellowships, Curatorial, Sponsorship and Learning Programs. Prior to coming to NYFA Mr. Terry was Assistant Director at the Pelham Art Center, where he directed the educational, exhibition and outreach programs. Mr. Terry earned his BA at the College of William and Mary, and while earning his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, where Mr. Terry began his administrative, curatorial and teaching career.

Mr. Terry is a working artist, curator, juror, and a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Bronx Council on the Arts, Westchester Biennale, the Alexander Rutsch Award in Painting, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program. Mr. Terry’s awards include Artists in the Marketplace Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIO, Bronx Council on the Arts; The Puffin Foundation; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Leadership Institute Award and the Elizabeth Foundation’s Residency Grant. Mr. Terry was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and has been living in New York City for the past 17 years.

This piece will occupy The Window at 125 January 11-25th 2013
To accompany the work in the window space, a celebration of each artist and the formal introduction will take place in the form of a conversation between the champion and artist. They are posted in its entirety every two weeks on rogersmithlife.com. For more information visit rogersmithlife.com or email Danika Druttman at
danika@rogersmith.com.

Created by Danika Druttman
Video by John Birdsong

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