Join SCAD MOA curators and exhibiting artists in celebration of solo exhibitions ReJeweled by Monica Cioppettini (M.F.A., painting, 2020), Hope & Sorrow by Hein Koh, and White Wig by Mehryl Levisse. Cioppettini and Koh join curator DJ Hellerman and associate curator Ben Tollefson in conversation, followed by light refreshments.
About the exhibitions
In ReJeweled, Savannah-based artist Monica Cioppettini (M.F.A., painting, 2020) uses reclaimed jewelry from flea markets and thrift stores to create maximalist collage works. Reworking the jewelry through an intuitive process of breaking, combining, and rebuilding, Cioppettini revalues objects that have been deemed worthless and unwanted, reveling in their histories and significance as sites of memory. Rimed with rust, grime, cracks, and imperfections, the works reveal their relationship with time and encourage moments of nostalgia. ReJeweled is on view through Aug. 22, 2021.
With Hope & Sorrow, Brooklyn-based artist Hein Koh (b. 1976, Jersey City, N.J.) harnesses the wide-eyed imagination of the human mind to activate the rich psychological lives of the more-than-human world. The site-specific installation, Koh’s first solo museum exhibition, unites every aspect of her interdisciplinary practice for the first time, transforming the SCAD Museum of Art Jewel Boxes into dreamy surrealist gardens of larger-than-life soft sculpture. Hope & Sorrow is on view Aug. 19, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022.
In White Wig, Mehryl Levisse (b. 1985, France) uses evocative imagery associated with pageantry, masquerade, and cabaret — gloved hands, pom poms, fetish heels, wigs, glossy lips, and a velvet curtain — to interrogate commonly accepted conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Levisse’s performances and installations act as stages on which gender is remixed and obfuscated, questioning the limits of the body and the societal codes that constitute how we behave. Performing the role of cabaret emcee, the artist orchestrates space for the celebration of queer identity. White Wig is on view Aug. 12 through Dec. 12, 2021.