"FACE VASE" Special Closing Reception

"FACE VASE" Special Closing Reception  | Events Calendar

E Village / LES

NOVELLA | 164 Orchard Street

For the past two weeks, Kristen Jensen and Paul Krause have been steadily working before, during, and after, gallery hours on their performative installation FACE VASE. On Sunday, all the vases they have worked on collaboratively—Paul making vases on the wheel, and Kristen using her face to make unique immersions on each vase—will be on view. So much of their project speaks to risk, the imagination, and working together. We are thrilled about the opportunity to share their efforts on Sunday when the full scope of the installation will be realized. We hope to see you then!


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I need a crowd of people, but I can’t face them day to day.” – Neil Young

FACE VASE is an ongoing project that consists of an accumulation of wheel thrown vases which receive a facial impression while the clay is still soft. The vases are then placed on shelves and left to dry for the duration of the show. For the exhibition at NOVELLA, the artists have lined the perimeter of the gallery with a long non-contiguous shelf.

As the face vases grow in number the repetition initiates a line of questioning pursuant to broader issues regarding identity, self-image versus projected image, and blur the line between material and subject.

The project began as a simple technical collaboration between Jensen who sought Krause’s adept wheel throwing skills. She began pressing facets of her face into the vessels which resulted in indexical and abstract references to her body. What began as a rather straightforward process developed into a more complex collaboration about the trust and communication between the artists, where Jensen literally held her breath as Krause assisted with the impressions.